Anne Arundel school board to consider appeal in pastry case

The Anne Arundel County school board will take up the case of Josh Welch next week, the elementary school student suspended last spring after biting his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. During a closed session on Sept. 11, the Board of Education will discuss the incident and decide how to handle another appeal by the family to have the suspension removed from Josh's record. (Capital)

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School system wants the public's help to solve crowding issue

Baltimore County Public Schools officials are asking the public to help choose one of a number of plans that would address school crowding in the Towson area. The scenarios include building a new school and converting a senior center into a school. A third option would expand an existing school and reshape a magnet program to create additional seats elsewhere. Meetings have briefed residents on the ideas, and letters were scheduled to be sent home Tuesday to parents in the affected communities. (Patuxent)

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University of Maryland students battle kudzu to protect Patuxent

Approximately 120 University of Maryland, College Park, students turned out along a narrow stretch of road in north Laurel to do battle against an invasive species of vine threatening trees along the Patuxent River. “The kudzu is really prevalent here, so we’re trying to get rid of it,” said sophomore Lindsey Ganey as she stood on a steep embankment pulling kudzu off a tree. (Gazette)

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Banner School begins year with social studies, tech changes

The Banner School will "move into the 21st century" this school year through a technology initiative set to unroll in the next few months, according to Principal Jeff Mott. Banner, which started school Tuesday, plans to spend at least $50,000 on new technology for students, Head of School Stephen Parnes said. (News-Post)

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Sept. 3 // Obama’s plan to rate college generates major debate among academic leaders

President Obama’s pledge to begin federal ratings of colleges by 2015 has touched off widespread debate in academia, exposing a divide that can be seen in the reactions of higher education leaders, such as those at two Maryland schools that are almost polar opposites. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel County school audit turns up $1M

A health care audit has turned up more than $1 million in savings for the Anne Arundel County school system and it's money the district won't have to use for employee benefit plans. (WBAL-TV)

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Harford school, law enforcement cooperate on school security

As students and teachers returned to classrooms across Harford County, law enforcement and public school officials say they have worked to ensure they came back to a secure environment. For the most part, however, they are being tight-lipped about any changes in procedures or preventative measures that have been instituted to better protect Harford schools against deadly attacks from outside or inside. (Aegis)

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Homeless students find refuge in school

Zoe Carson was trying to alleviate a situation for a family with elementary school-age children who apparently had no way to bathe or wash clothes. They are among the more than 200 homeless students identified already this year in the county, said Carson, administrator of the Frederick County Public Schools Homeless Education Program. (News-Post)

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