August 8 // Harford school budget battle continues to rage

Charges and counter-charges have been flying over the last 10 days after Harford County Public Schools leaders announced cutbacks to bus service and plans to begin collecting fees to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Anne Arundel superintendent Maxwell gets $90K for unused leave

The Anne Arundel County Public School system on Wednesday paid former Superintendent Kevin Maxwell more than $90,000 for unused leave time. It's nearly $60,000 less than the roughly $150,000 Baltimore City schools paid former CEO Andres Alonso when he resigned earlier this year, but it has raised eyebrows among education experts and union leaders in Anne Arundel County. (Capital)

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Large classes, overcrowded schools remain a concern in Prince George’s

T. Carter Ross, secretary of the Hyattsville Elementary PTA, said fourth-graders at the school started last school year with more than 30 students per teacher. An influx of kindergartners posed problems too, he said. “We had a huge cohort of kindergartners. Then they added a fourth kindergarten teacher, and that made things easier,” Ross said of Hyattsville Elementary, which has a state-rated capacity for 406 students, but last year had 537, according to school data. (Gazette)

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In youth center squabble, state defends actions

Officials with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Department of Juvenile Services are disputing accusations leveled by 10 former educators, who had been longtime employees at local youth centers before being abruptly dismissed by the state in June. (Cumberland Times-News)

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Security measures rising at Prince George’s schools this year

To ensure student safety in Prince George’s County Public Schools, the school system is beefing up security by adding electronic safety devices to all schools and practicing emergency protocols. The school system is investing $7.5 million in devices such as surveillance cameras, electronic entry and panic buttons, and a system for alerting authorities in an emergency situation for its 205 school facilities, said Michael Blow, director of security for Prince George’s County Public Schools. (Gazette)

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Prince George’s newest teachers participate in ‘induction’ training

The teachers, more than 600 of them, shuffled from classroom to classroom at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro this week. But instead of leading students through math and reading and science lessons, members of this group were attending class themselves, learning how to be Prince George’s County teachers. (Wash. Post)

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Planning starts for county higher ed center

The architects of a higher education center in Frederick held their first meeting a few months ahead of schedule, but for some, the gathering came after a long wait. The 15-member advisory board created by the Maryland General Assembly is tasked with planning to bring doctorate-level science and technology courses to the area. (News-Post)

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Screen test: Tablets turn the page on textbooks

Although Prince George’s County students are using iPads more frequently in schools, education officials said they have no plans yet to go paperless, as some schools across the country are aiming to do. But the implementation of iPads means paper will be used less often in county schools, which one expert said may not be such a bad thing. (Gazette)

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