Negotiations between the Calvert teachers, school board still underway

Negotiations among Calvert County’s teacher and support staff unions and the Calvert County Board of Education will continue until January, and negotiating teams already have met for the past two weeks discussing contracts. “Two proposals are on the table,” Calvert Education Association and Calvert Association of Educational Support Staff Chief Negotiator Joseph Sella said. CEA and CAESS are the unions representing county public school teachers and support staff, respectively. (Recorder)

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HCC board expected to vote on conflict-of-interest policy to which they must adhere

The seven-member board of trustees at Hagerstown Community College will likely be the subject of a conflict-of-interest “statement of policy” that has been drafted by the college president’s office. The draft, which was discussed by the trustees at a board meeting Tuesday, will be voted on in a January meeting. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll BOE asks for expanded timeline on education reforms

The Carroll County Board of Education is asking the state delegation to support an expanded timeline for the implementation of state-mandated education reform initiatives, including the Common Core State Standards, during the upcoming General Assembly. In a letter to State Sen. Joe Getty, the board reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the reform initiatives, including the Common Core, PARCC Assessments, and teacher and principal evaluations. (Balt. Sun)

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'63 champions return to inspire Towson basketball team

When the Towson High School boys varsity basketball team meets Dulaney High School for local bragging rights on the court at Goucher College on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., the Generals will be seeking their first win over the Lions "in five or six years," according to senior guard Colby Hogan. Although Dulaney has been far and away the better team during that span, Towson has something going for it that its archrivals cannot bring to this year's battle — sage advice from members of their school's state championship basketball team. (Balt. Sun)

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Dec. 17 // Later bell time proposed for Montgomery County students

More than 200 people attended a public meeting Monday night that discussed the proposed changes to Montgomery County Public Schools' start times. The changes, recommended by Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, would let high schoolers in the county start class 50 minutes later than they do now. The aim is to allow the students to get more sleep, Starr says. (WTOP)

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Offensive student tweets target Montgomery schools chief Starr

Forecasts for snow in Montgomery County often mean a bit of “cyberpleading” — e-mails or tweets that vigorously urge officials to close schools for the day. That happened during last week’s winter-like weather, but a number of messages to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did more to offend than persuade. Some used racial epithets. Some used curse words. One threatened to slash Starr’s tires. A few messages mentioned Starr’s family in inappropriate ways, he said. (Wash. Post)

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Hodson gives $2.5 million to Hood

Plenty of students may be panicking at Hood College as they head into final exams, but the administration has a couple of million reasons to be happy this week. Hood's gift from the Hodson Trust totals $2.5 million this year, school officials said Dec. 12. The money isn't guaranteed, President Ron Volpe said, but it's become somewhat of an annual holiday tradition. The latest disbursement will be used for the school's nursing program, faculty research, capital projects and scholarships. (News-Post)

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NFL funds concussion research

The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, the National Institutes of Health and the National Football League are putting their heads together to study youth concussions. Last year, the NFL donated $30 million to an NIH program that funds research on injuries affecting athletes, and Monday, the NIH announced that Kennedy Krieger researchers are receiving some of that money. (Daily Record)

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