Prince George’s schools chief proposes $1.75 billion budget

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell proposed a $1.75 billion budget that increases full-day pre-kindergarten in a few high poverty communities, expands art, foreign language and secondary school reform programs and restores some parent liaison positions to improve interaction between school administrators and parents. Maxwell, who became the schools chief in August, presented the budget plan to the county Board of Education on Thursday night. (Wash. Post)

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Parents, school employees make recommendations for Anne Arundel superintendent search

Sharon Moesel doesn’t see a reason for major change. Anne Arundel County Public Schools are on the right path, she said, because the previous superintendent strengthened the county’s magnet science and technology and performing arts programs. Moesel, a chemistry teacher at Annapolis High School, is the mother of twins who are in first grade. She urged the county school board to hire a superintendent who would build on former superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell’s work. (Capital)

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Montgomery school board elects new president

Montgomery County’s school board named a new president Thursday, giving the leadership role to Phil Kauffman, previously vice president. Kauffman, a resident of Olney, is a second-term board member who retired this year as deputy assistant general counsel with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He was elected Thursday to a one-year term in a 7 to 1 vote.  (Wash. Post)

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Home and hospital teachers want open negotiations

The group of teachers responsible for educating home- and hospital-bound students is asking the Board of Education and school system to open up negotiations to the public, following in the steps of other groups in Howard County. County Home and Hospital Teachers’ Association wants open negotiations, said Tony McGuffin, president of HCHHTA, because the current process of meet-and-confer with staff representing the board is "over-extended" and unfair. The group is calling for a more transparent process and increased communication between the group and the board. (Balt. Sun)

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Towson University honored for values

Towson University is named one of the 100 “best values in public colleges” according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. For the fifth consecutive year, Towson University has been included on the list by the financial magazine who rate four-year colleges that deliver a quality education at an affordable price. (WMAR-TV)

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Md. School For The Deaf Calls Phony Mandela Interpretation ‘Hurtful’

The phony interpretation of diplomatic speeches at Nelson Mandela’s funeral raises issues long plaguing the deaf community. Pat Warren reports a native South African at the Maryland School for the Deaf calls the incident hurtful. “The man did not know what he was doing. He was just kind of moving his hands in a gesture,” said Stacey Farone, interpreter. (WJZ-TV)

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Lanham school receives Blue Ribbon honors

Robert Goddard French Immersion in Lanham took one of the top honors in Maryland when it was named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School. The French immersion program is the first specialty school in Prince George’s County to be awarded the state’s top honor, which is awarded to only six of the state’s roughly 1,400 schools each year, based on high performance on the reading and mathematics sections of the Maryland assessments and/or schools that have shown dramatic improvement over an extended period of time. (Gazette)

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Washington County students maneuver in robot competition at Volvo Group Truck Operations

SMS 1 was one of 26 middle and high school teams from Washington County Public Schools that visited the Hagerstown-area campus of Volvo Group Truck Operations during the past two days to learn more about their robots and how to scrimmage, Volvo spokeswoman Belinda Vinson said. Volvo donated \$50,000 to the school system to provide VEX Robotics kits for 14 teams of students to design and construct the robots, and to sponsor a local robotics competition in February at Clear Spring High School, Vinson said. (Herald-Mail)

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