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)

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UB business school dean resigns

The dean of the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore has resigned effective Aug. 1, a school spokesman confirmed Thursday. Darlene Brannigan Smith, who earned a bachelor's and master's degree from UB, joined the school as an associate dean in 2005 and became a marketing professor there in 2006, according to her curriculum vitae. It's unclear why Smith, 57, resigned. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard officials: New school superintendent "a smart choice"

As Anne Arundel County schools interim superintendent Mamie Perkins prepares to replace Kevin M. Maxwell as the head of county schools, the veteran educator’s former colleagues in Howard County are praising her selection.
The Anne Arundel County school board on Tuesday appointed Perkins to be interim superintendent with a contract that expires June 30, 2014. The board plans to search for a full-time replacement. (Capital)

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MSA data no longer ‘very valid or useful’

State tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 are on their way out, and results released this week are all but meaningless, St. Mary’s school officials said, because students are tested on material that may no longer be covered in class. (Gazette)

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Report: More Low-Income Md. Children Receiving Afterschool Meals

A new report released Thursday by the Maryland Hunger Solutions reveals that afterschool meals are now reaching more than triple the amount of low-income Maryland children. The report, Serving Maryland’s Children: The Afterschool Meal Program, reveals the meals are reaching more children than they did when the federally funded Afterschool Meal Program was first implemented in the state three years ago. (WBAL-TV)

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As Catonsville skews younger, housing market heats up, schools overflow

Catonsville's collegial atmosphere combined with a proximity to Baltimore City and schools that have consistently earned high marks have made area real estate, especially in recent months, a hot commodity. Perhaps related to that, most of the elementary schools in Catonsvilleare above state capacity for enrollment, prompting Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to include funding for 500 new elementary seats in Catonsville in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget. (Balt. Sun)

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Zoning approval recommended for Fallston pre-K program

Harford County Zoning Hearing Examiner Robert F. Kahoe Jr. has recommended that the county grant a special zoning exception to permit a Fallston church to provide classroom space and parking for a preschool. (Balt. Sun)

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Columbia Association student exchange program opens a new world

When 16-year-old Bridget Cheng went to Red Robin restaurant last week with a friend, they looked like two teenage girls having a traditional American meal. But to Cheng's friend, Olivia Aloysia, an exchange student from Cergy-Pontoise, France, the experience was far from routine. This interaction between Cheng and Aloysia was one of many eye-opening experiences shared between the 52 students taking part in the Columbia Association's Sister Cities International Exchange Program. (Balt. Sun)

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