Montgomery school officials delay action on student transfer policy

Montgomery school leaders have decided to postpone action on proposed changes to the district’s policy that governs student transfers from one school to another. A school board committee voted last week to recommend further study of the issue, following a public comment period that raised new issues and amplified community concerns. More than 200 comments poured in, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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Frederick Co. schools to release student testing data after parent confusion

GlobalScholar's Performance Series, the computer-based test used to assess proficiency in reading and math, is now on its second year in Frederick County Public Schools. But some parents said they're still not sure what the test does, what the scores mean or why they can't have a copy of the results. (News-Post)

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Carroll County School Officials Concerned About Proposed State School Discipline Regulations

The Carroll County Board of Education is concerned that the Maryland State Board of Education’s proposed school discipline guidelines and regulations would take away local control of discipline and have negative educational impacts for students. The regulations would limit the time students are allowed to be on extended suspensions to between 10 and 45 days. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oct. 18 // Prince George’s Schools CEO names transition team

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell has selected a transition team to analyze the school system and offer recommendations on how to move the struggling system forward. The 32-member panel, which includes local and regional educators, is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Monday. (Wash. Post)

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As Calvert revises its weapons policy, record of student who made gun gesture is cleared

A Calvert County sixth-grader who was suspended for making a gun gesture on a school bus in September will have the incident cleared from his records, according to the child’s mother. The Maryland school system’s decision ends a case that added to a spate of disciplinary actions against students with pretend guns in the Washington region. Children have been suspended for pointing their fingers like guns, carrying toy guns and chewing a Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun. (Wash. Post)

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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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