Prince George's parents spend a lot of money hoping for an athletic scholarship

Both Taylor Bloom and his mother, Lisa, used the word “exhausting” when describing the summer of 2012. Taylor, a homeschooled rising senior and pitcher at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, and his mother said they were advised by various sources that the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons — when Taylor was 16 years old — was a crucial period if the standout right-hander hoped to earn a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college scholarship. (Gazette)

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School test score drop blamed on transition

A new acronym in academic achievement testing is taking much of the blame for lower Maryland School Assessment scores mirrored at public schools throughout the Lower Shore. MSA scores released Tuesday for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties dropped slightly after nearly a decade of average increases, a pattern education officials have said is the result of the state’s continued transition from No Child Left Behind benchmarks to the new Common Core State Curriculum. (Daily Times)

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Consumers will spend $285 on average for back-to-school

Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period. The National Retail Federation expects families with school-age children to spend an average of $635 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, down from $689 last year, or $26.7 billion total. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick County Public Schools supply lists posted online

Frederick County Public Schools has posted its lists of what students need to be prepared this school year. The classroom supplies lists are categorized by elementary, middle, high and charter school on the district's website. Drop-down menus show specific pages for each of the 64 schools. (News-Post)

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July 24 // State test scores decline significantly

Maryland's student test scores declined significantly for the first time in a decade, a drop officials attributed to the beginning of a tumultuous time in public education that will bring widespread changes to what is taught from kindergarten through high school. The drops in test scores for both elementary and middle schools were seen in nearly every school district and were as great in the higher-performing districts of Howard and Montgomery counties as they were in Baltimore City. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland’s new approach to student discipline moves closer to approval

Maryland education officials proposed a new set of school discipline regulations Tuesday that aim to scale back on suspensions, keep students in class, reduce racial disparities in punishment and take a more positive approach to behavior issues. An earlier version of the proposals was released last July but withdrawn after critics raised concerns and board members decided to take another look at several issues. (Wash. Post)

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Perkins named interim superintendent in Anne Arundel

Mamie Perkins said Tuesday her top priority as interim superintendent for Anne Arundel County public schools is simply to get in step with a 78,000-student system that will start a new school year in a little more than a month. Perkins, 62, of Marriottsville, was named Tuesday to serve an 11-month term while Anne Arundel officials seek a permanent replacement for Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who is leaving to become CEO of Prince George's County public schools. (Balt .Sun)

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Former Synthes CEO gifts $2.5M to University of Maryland trauma program

A Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist has donated $2.5 million to the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Program in Trauma. The gift from Hansjörg Wyss will be used to create the Dr. Paul N. Manson Distinguished Professorship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the university. Wyss is the founder and former CEO of medical device maker Synthes Co., which recently sold to Johnson & Johnson. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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