With honeymoon over, expectations rise for Montgomery County schools chief

When Joshua P. Starr first took over as Montgomery County school superintendent, he dedicated his time to understanding the community and unraveling the mechanics behind the district’s successes. He held “listen and learn” events, shadowed a Gaithersburg High School student for a day and methodically toured about 175 of the district’s 202 campuses during the past two years — visits he plans to continue throughout his tenure. But as Starr enters his third year of leading Montgomery’s public schools, larger expectations loom. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Grades are in: June’s final exams in math show more failure in Montgomery

For another semester, Montgomery County high school students flunked their final exams in math courses in startlingly high numbers, according to new figures that show failure rates of 71 percent for Geometry and 68 percent for Algebra 1. The new figures, for exams given in June, show that failure rates worsened in Algebra 1 and Geometry; improved in Precalculus and Bridge to Algebra 2; and stayed fairly even in Algebra 2, Honors Precalculus, Honors Algebra 2 and Honors Geometry. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

City schools make up state's "persistently dangerous" list

Eight Baltimore City schools were named to the state's "persistently dangerous" list for 2013, after noting high numbers of suspensions for the most violent or harmful offenses. The list, which federal law requires to be reported every year, only included schools from the city. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Rock Terrace parents want answers, apologies, transparency; say they’ve lost trust in school

Angry and frustrated parents at Rock Terrace School confronted Montgomery County schools officials Thursday night, demanding answers, apologies and more transparency as an investigation into the special education institution’s finances continues. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

School board vice chairwoman reconfirmed by county executive

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced his appointment of Carolyn Boston (Dist. 6) to serve as vice chairwoman of the school board. Boston of Fairmount Heights has held the vice chairmanship since December, when she was elected to serve in the post by her peers. However, a new law that took effect June 1 gave the power to appoint the chair and vice chair to the county executive. (Gazette)

Read Full Article

Students, parents excited for new $80M school

Students who live in southeastern Baltimore County may be looking forward to the start of the school year in a brand new $80 million school building. It's a project a long time in the coming, putting two schools -- Dundalk and Sollers Point -- under one roof. (WBAL-TV)

Read Full Article

UM could opt out of EA football game 

Following the July 17 announcement that the NCAA is not renewing its contract with Electronic Arts Inc., the University of Maryland, College Park, is considering whether it still wants to be a part of the company’s popular football video game. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

July 26 // Lowery looks to tackle numerous education reforms

Maryland schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery, a self-described optimist, had hoped students would excel on this year's state assessments because they were being taught under a more rigorous curriculum. Instead, test scores plunged. Lowery now says the new curriculum actually led to the decline, as tests weren't updated to match what students were learning. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article