Frederick County Public Schools supply lists posted online

Frederick County Public Schools has posted its lists of what students need to be prepared this school year. The classroom supplies lists are categorized by elementary, middle, high and charter school on the district's website. Drop-down menus show specific pages for each of the 64 schools. (News-Post)

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July 24 // State test scores decline significantly

Maryland's student test scores declined significantly for the first time in a decade, a drop officials attributed to the beginning of a tumultuous time in public education that will bring widespread changes to what is taught from kindergarten through high school. The drops in test scores for both elementary and middle schools were seen in nearly every school district and were as great in the higher-performing districts of Howard and Montgomery counties as they were in Baltimore City. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland’s new approach to student discipline moves closer to approval

Maryland education officials proposed a new set of school discipline regulations Tuesday that aim to scale back on suspensions, keep students in class, reduce racial disparities in punishment and take a more positive approach to behavior issues. An earlier version of the proposals was released last July but withdrawn after critics raised concerns and board members decided to take another look at several issues. (Wash. Post)

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Perkins named interim superintendent in Anne Arundel

Mamie Perkins said Tuesday her top priority as interim superintendent for Anne Arundel County public schools is simply to get in step with a 78,000-student system that will start a new school year in a little more than a month. Perkins, 62, of Marriottsville, was named Tuesday to serve an 11-month term while Anne Arundel officials seek a permanent replacement for Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who is leaving to become CEO of Prince George's County public schools. (Balt .Sun)

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Former Synthes CEO gifts $2.5M to University of Maryland trauma program

A Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist has donated $2.5 million to the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Program in Trauma. The gift from Hansjörg Wyss will be used to create the Dr. Paul N. Manson Distinguished Professorship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the university. Wyss is the founder and former CEO of medical device maker Synthes Co., which recently sold to Johnson & Johnson. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Mummies exhibit to open at Maryland Science Center on Sept. 28

Most people associate mummies with Egypt, but pretty soon Baltimore will have 150 of the preserved bodies on display. Two months from now, 150 human and animal mummies from across the world will be showcased at the Maryland Science Center as part of the “Mummies of the World” exhibition, which is touted as the largest traveling mummy exhibit ever assembled. Baltimore is the last of nine stops on the exhibit’s U.S. tour, where it will be on display Sept. 28 - Jan. 20, 2014. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Longtime Silver Spring school makes Hyattsville its home

After 36 years in Silver Spring, a well-known school for children with learning disabilities has moved to Hyattsville, a change officials said allows the school to be located where demand has been the greatest: Prince George’s County. Chelsea School, a nonpublic school that serves grades 5 through 12, consists mostly of publicly funded students — children whose tuition is paid by their local school system because they need more specialized help than a public school can provide, according to Head of School Kate Fedalen. (Gazette)

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Washington Co. school board discusses graduation speakers

Two of three Washington County Board of Education members who sit on the board’s Policy Committee said Tuesday that they favor allowing a high school valedictorian and salutatorian to have the right of first refusal when it comes to deciding which students speak at graduation ceremonies. (Herald-Mail)

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