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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School board accepts donation of elementary site near gas pipeline

With a pressing need to build a new elementary school to relieve overcrowding near Owings Mills, the Baltimore County school board will soon have to decide whether it wants to locate the new building on land with an underground gas pipeline. The board voted Tuesday night to accept a donation of 6.8 acres from a developer, but not before a contentious discussion in which two board members questioned whether enough is known about the risk of putting children in a school next to a pipeline. (Balt. Sun)

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