State comptroller calls for later start date for public schools

Maryland’s comptroller wants the state’s public school systems to be required to start in September, but Carroll’s school superintendent doesn’t believe that’s a decision that should be made at the state level. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Police urge back-to-school traffic safety

With school starting back in session next week, local law enforcement is planning on beefing up its presence on Carroll County roads and reminding motorists about the added congestion. “Motorists must be attentive for students crossing the roadway and waiting along the shoulder for buses this coming week,” said Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Col. Phil Kasten. “Commuters should expect delays and plan to leave early enough that they’ll not be rushed during their travels.” (Carroll Co. Times)

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Training aims to help college police understand mental illness

A day-long training was held at Towson University on Monday for campus police and security personnel from nine Maryland schools. It was led by the Maryland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help college law enforcement officials recognize — and appropriately respond to — mental illness in the wake of several high-profile incidents. (Balt. Sun)

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Focus on school zone safety in Ho.Co.

Howard County Police are focusing on safety in school zones ahead of the start of the school year. The county has launched the H.A.S.T.E. program (Helping Arriving Students Through Enforcement) to raise awareness as students get ready to head back to the classroom. The program starts with targeted patrols around the county's elementary, middle, and high schools for the first two weeks of school. (WMAR)

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August 20 // New Prince George’s school leader shares vision on first day tour

Prince George’s County’s new school system leader spent the first day of the new school year doing what he said he loves best — sitting in classrooms with students and teachers. “Getting out, visiting the schools, seeing what class sizes look like, seeing what instructional delivery looks like,” said new school system CEO Kevin Maxwell, adding that he intends to visit all 204 Prince George’s County Public Schools before the school year’s conclusion. (Gazette)

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Archbishop Lori Gives Back-To-School Blessings To 1200 Local Catholic School Educators

Archbishop William Lori gives his back-to-school blessing to 1200 Catholic school educators. “This is a day of encouragement, to invoke the Holy Spirit and get the school year off to a new start,” said Archbishop Lori. This is the third year the Archdiocese has held the event. This year’s theme is hearts on fire. (WJZ)

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Baltimore County schools boost security

Schools in Baltimore County will be able to conduct immediate background checks on visitors as part of a system wide security upgrade. Called "Raptor," the system is part will be able to also create of on-the-spot, personalized identification badges, complete with photographs. (WMAR)

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Anne Arundel schools to open with new superintendent, more students, biggest budget

When classes start in Anne Arundel County Public Schools next Monday and Tuesday, there will be a new superintendent, more students and the biggest budget in school system history. (Capital)

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