Md. to host forums on Common Core school standards

The Maryland State Department of Education plans to host four regional forums over the next month to help explain the Common Core State Standards for schools. State Superintendent Lillian Lowery and Maryland PTA President Ray Leone will attend the forums. (Daily Record)

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Montgomery County parent issues report on math exam failures

With a new math work group meeting in Montgomery County to examine the causes of high failure rates on high school final exams, one longtime activist has produced his own 20-plus page report on the problem. (Wash. Post)

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Arundel school board to discuss superintendent search

The Anne Arundel County school board will discuss its search for a new superintendent at its Sept. 25 meeting, officials said. Board Member Stacy Korbelak, chair of an ad hoc superintendent search committee, said the group will make a presentation before the full board discussing whether to enlist a search firm. It had earlier been stated that the panel would discuss the findings at its Sept. 15 retreat. (Balt. Sun)

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Up on the roof: Montgomery thinking green thoughts for school buildings

When Weller Road Elementary School in Silver Spring unveiled its renovated facilities for the new school year, one of the most striking additions was plants covering the roof. The vegetative, or green, roof is designed to capture and soak up rain water so it doesn’t all run into the ground at once, flooding sewers and eroding the ground as it goes. It also helps regulate the building’s temperature, saving the school money. (Gazette)

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Salisbury University student in critical condition; friend and shooter are dead

A Salisbury University student remained in critical condition Wednesday after she was shot near the Eastern Shore campus by her ex-boyfriend, who then fatally wounded her friend and himself, police said. (Wash. Post)

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Sept. 4 // University of Baltimore president announces retirement

Robert L. Bogomolny, who led efforts to revive the University of Baltimore's four-year undergraduate program and to transform the campus and surrounding neighborhood, announced Tuesday that he will step down as president after this academic year. Bogomolny, 75, said he plans to begin his retirement with a year of traveling, then return to teach in the law school. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland college offering credit for massive open online courses

The University of Maryland University College expects to be among the first wave of schools this academic year awarding transfer credit to those who have taken — and can prove they learned from — certain "massive open online courses," known as MOOCs. (Balt. Sun)

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City doesn't require principals to suspend students for certain weapons

Baltimore students who bring a switchblade, pepper spray or other weapon that is not a firearm to school this year will not be automatically suspended under a revised code of conduct distributed to parents in the first week of school. The revisions, which were not publicly vetted and not presented to the city school board, require principals to first take other measures, such as parent conferences, before imposing suspensions. In the past, those students would have been automatically suspended. (Balt. Sun)

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