Wrangling over boundaries for new Timonium elementary continues

A group of Timonium residents who are unhappy with a proposed redistricting map for the elementary school being built in Mays Chapel are lobbying Baltimore County's Board of Education to consider a second option prior to a public hearing on Wednesday. The second option was one of two boundary scenarios that a committee charged with making a recommendation narrowed down from several others to give to Superintendent Dallas Dance. But when the committee's findings were presented to the Board of Education, only the committee's first choice was on the table. Now the residents from the Pot Spring and Pinewood elementary areas want the second boundary scenario — the option they prefer — back in the mix. (Balt. Sun)

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Liberty promotes digital learning with flipped classrooms, online independent study courses

Taylor Jones is enjoying the new way she’s learning math. Jones, a freshman, is part of a conceptual algebra class at Liberty High School that’s functioning under a flipped classroom model. Students watch a lecture for homework and then work on practice problems and ask questions of their teacher the next day in class. Liberty High School has piloted the flipped classroom and OpenCourseWare independent study courses this school year as part of a larger transition to digital learning. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Feb. 25 // Canavan named Harford superintendent

Harford County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan, 64, was appointed by the Harford County Board of Education to a permanent, four-year position as superintendent during a board meeting Monday night. The newly appointed school's CEO wiped tears from her eyes as she accepted the appointment, ending a four-month search for a new superintendent for the school district. (Aegis)

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Harford Community College officials criticize collective bargaining bills

Harford Community College officials are voicing concerns about Maryland senate and house bills to establish a collective bargaining process for community colleges in Maryland that would permit their employees to be represented by unions. SB 749, introduced by State Sen. Catherine Pugh, who represents Baltimore, and HB 490, introduced by State Del. Sheila E. Hixson, representing Montgomery County, establish collective bargaining processes for employees at all of the state's 16 community colleges, including HCC. (Aegis)

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Franchot says state will find some money to aid Severna Park High project

Calling Severna Park High School "one of the highest performing, worse facilities I've ever seen in this state," Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Monday the state will come up with money to help Anne Arundel County Public Schools replace the aging facility — but not the $25 million the county wants this year. Franchot toured the 55-year-old high school with school officials and County Executive Laura Neuman, and said he came away convinced calls for a replacement are not unfounded. (Balt. Sun)

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$300,000 earmarked for Towson High site improvements

When students arrive back at Towson High in August for another year of classes, they'll arrive at a fresh and improved parking lot off the school's Cedar Avenue entrance. Pete Dixit, executive director of physical facilities for BCPS, said that $300,000 was earmarked from the fiscal year 2013 budget for site improvements at Towson High, an issue community members have long sought to have addressed. (Patuxent)

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Dyer files for Howard school board run

Allen Dyer, the former Howard County Board of Education member who was ousted during the 2012 primaries in the midst of impeachment proceedings, has filed to run for the board. Dyer was first elected to the board in 2008 on his fourth run for a seat. But after repeatedly butting heads with the board majority — before his election and during his term, Dyer was involved in several suits against the board — the board in June 2011 voted to ask the State Board of Education to remove Dyer from his seat, alleging instances of bullying and misconduct. (Patuxent)

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Common Core criticized at Howard forum

A forum on the Common Core State Standards Initiative Sunday in Howard County drew a moderate crowd who listened to a panel of national experts — most of whom were critical of the controversial education reform. Over the course of three hours, the panelists discussed the Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted by 45 states and Washington, D.C. The initiative was developed by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. (Balt. Sun) 

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