August 19 // Prince George’s starts academic year with initiative to transform struggling schools

For the first time in years, hundreds of Prince George’s County 4-year-olds will spend an entire day in a pre-kindergarten classroom when schools open Monday, part of coordinated county government and school system efforts to improve academic achievement. (Wash. Post)

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Md. schools lead in Advanced Placement, but results are mixed

Too often, students who haven't been prepared in earlier grades flounder in Advanced Placement classes, or are awarded A's and B's in the courses and then fail the AP exams. Many students arrive at college with AP courses on their transcripts, but with skills so low they must take remedial classes. (Balt. Sun)

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City school board to scrutinize high principal turnover

Members of the Baltimore City school board expressed concern about the number of new principal appointments -- continuing a trend of turnover that has seen more than 90 percent of the district's school leadership change in the last six years. This summer, there have been 56 new principal or assistant principal appointments, according to a "school readiness" presentation made to the board. (Balt. Sun)

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Balt. Co. superintendent promotes back-to-school initiative

Technology and world languages are high on the agenda for Baltimore County's Schools superintendent Dallas Dance. On Friday, he shared his plans with top staff members as he begins his second year on the job. Every single student must be given the opportunity to learn in the digital environment where there are no longer have and have nots but that every single student gets that. (WBAL-TV)

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Delmarva schools to step up classroom safety post-Conn. shootings

The Maryland State Department of Education urged school districts to assess and step up safety measures after the Dec. 12, 2012, Sandy Hook incident. And education leaders responded, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into equipment or procedures aimed to make schools more secure. (Daily Times)

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City employee resigns amid investigation over credentials

The Baltimore school board member whose credentials were questioned has resigned from his city job amid an investigation by the Baltimore state's attorney's office. Anthony A. Hamilton resigned as an education coordinator in Baltimore's Health Department, city officials said Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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An end to tenure at law schools?

As law schools nationwide look for ways to cut costs to offset declining enrollment, changes that could threaten job security for law professors are drawing mixed reactions from legal educators in the Washington area. (Wash. Post)

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HBCUs seek Obama’s help on parent loans

The leaders of Morgan State, Bowie State, Howard and eight other historically black universities warned President Obama that new limits on federal lending to parents would produce a “devastating impact on student enrollment” in the coming school year. (Wash. Post)

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