State to review adequacy of school funding levels

The state will soon begin the process of contacting an outside entity to conduct a comprehensive review of the adequacy of funding levels established through the Bridge to Excellence Act in 2002, according to a letter written by Stephen Brooks, chief operating officer for the Maryland State Department of Education. Brooks was replying on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s behalf in response to a letter that Sen. George Edwards sent regarding how the state’s wealth formula affects school funding. (Times-News)

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McDaniel named 'Best Value' by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

McDaniel College is one of three Maryland schools and the only liberal arts college in the state to be recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for its academics and affordability. The college announced in a news release Thursday that it has been named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s, marking the third year in a row that the college has been recognized by the finance magazine in its annual rankings. (Balt. Sun)

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School system audit finds $5.7 million surplus

An independent audit of Charles County Public Schools found no deficiencies and a $5.7 million surplus, which will go to offset the cost to open St. Charles High School next year. The school system also learned that breakfast was the most important meal of the audit. (Md. Ind. News)

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Charles school board candidate Wallace stresses collaboration

As the first school board candidate to throw his hat in the ring, Richard Wallace is looking to bring more collaboration to the Charles County Board of Education. Collaboration not only with the schools but also the community. Wallace, 45, of Waldorf said he wants to get involved to bring a new voice to the community and to be a part of new state standards adopted by 45 states including Maryland. (Md. Ind. News)

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Oct. 17 // Somerset schools chief gets calls to be permanent

Education officials in Somerset County say they want interim Superintendent John Gaddis to continue to lead the school system on a permanent basis. Board Chairman William Miles earlier this week instructed school board attorney Fulton Jeffers to begin contract negotiations with the interim superintendent, who was seated in July to serve until a permanent leader was named. (Daily Times)

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Public negotiations between Howard school board, teachers hit snag

Both the Howard County Board of Education and the county's teachers union want to hold open, public negotiations this year for the first time in decades, but that process has hit a snag before it's even begun. The Howard County Education Association filed a request with the Maryland Public School Labor Relations Board to determine whether open or closed negotiations is a legal bargaining topic. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll schools officials concerned with proposed discipline regulations

Carroll County Public Schools officials are concerned about the potential effects of new discipline regulations under consideration by the Maryland State Board of Education and they are asking staff members and the public to contact the state board with these concerns. During a recent Board of Education meeting, director of student services Dana Falls said the new regulations will philosophically change how students are disciplined in Carroll County. (Balt. Sun)

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City school system to monitor administration of near-obsolete MSAs

The Baltimore city school system will continue to monitor all schools administering the Maryland School Assessments this year, a measure that was questioned because the test scores won't be used to gauge schools' progress amid a transition to a new curriculum. Interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards said the school district would continue the monitoring because although the MSA will soon be phased out, "as of today, it is not obsolete." (Balt. Sun)

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