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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School opponents continue fight

Even though construction of a new elementary school in Baltimore County is well underway, and officials are beginning the process of deciding which children will attend it, opponents are still hoping to stop the project. Controversy over the new school in the Mays Chapel area has been going on for years. The 700-seat elementary school is already rising in the area near Padonia Road, west of I-83. (WMAR-TV)

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Poolesville High School removes student survey after parent complaint

A student-generated survey designed to give advanced government high-schoolers data on trends has been removed from a school system computer network after a mother complained that the questions were too personal. The mother, whose son is a 10th-grader at Poolesville High School, said the survey asked more than a dozen detailed personal, political and financial questions. (Gazette)

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Starr invites parents to comment on proposed schedule changes

Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr invited parents Monday night to weigh in on proposed hours at Montgomery County Public Schools at a public meeting on Oct. 28 and Paint Branch High School. Starr met with parents at a town hall in Clarksburg following a Community Day spent by Starr visiting students and staff at upcounty schools. Meetings over the next six months will help gauge the effect of proposed changes on families and staff, Starr said. (Gazette)

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