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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Pr. George's inmates to get high school diplomas

Seventeen inmates in Prince George's County are receiving their high school diplomas. County Executive Rushern Baker III is scheduled to address the inmates, who'll be presented with diplomas Thursday morning in a housing unit of the Upper Marlboro jail. (AP)

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Balto. Co. libraries embrace new technologies, adapt to demographics

Alaina Grubb, 31, wanted to do something stimulating and fun with her young niece and nephew the other day, so she took them to the county library in Woodlawn. Seriously. The library. (Balt. Sun)

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