Unions Of Support Staff, Teachers Kick Off Annual Negotiations With Calvert County School Board

Salary increases and more work time are two of the biggest requests Calvert’s support staff and teachers’ unions will discuss with the Calvert County Board of Education during their annual negotiations, which are open to the public and began Monday. Calvert Association of Educational Support Staff salary negotiations started this week, and the Calvert Education Association will begin its negotiations next week. (Gazette)

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Three Howard Students Honored With Art Award From Comptroller

There's the world of the economy and the world of the arts, and three young artists from Howard County recently learned how connected those two worlds actually are. Rockburn Elementary second-grader Jayden Kelly, Glenwood Middle eighth-grader Sarah Cooper and Howard High senior Kaitlynn Motley have received a Maryland Masters Award from Comptroller Peter Franchot, an award given for displays of "extraordinary artistic skills and a vision for Maryland's future," Franchot said. (Balt. Sun)

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Citizens Against Trash Club To Team Up With Meadowvale Elem. Students To Make Havre de Grace Litter Free

No one wants to live in a dirty city and at least one group is working to make sure that holds true for Havre de Grace residents. The Citizens Against Trash (CAT) Club is teaming up with students from Meadowvale Elementary School to pick up trash and litter at Tydings Park on Saturday. Al Peteraf, a member of the club, said they are expecting at least a half dozen students who are members of the school's Patriots Club, a civic group for boys and girls who volunteer around the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. High School Band Heads To Hawaii

One Maryland high school band is bound for Hawaii this week. The group raised thousands of dollars in a matter of months to help commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s a top honor for the only band representing Maryland. Within six months, band director Jennifer Jones says students, parents and boosters raised $180,000 for the trip. (WJZ-TV)

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Nov. 4 // Morgan fraternity accused of rejecting gay student is put on probation

A fraternity chapter at Morgan State accused of discriminating against a student because he is gay has been placed on probation until fall 2015, university officials said Tuesday. In late October, senior Brian Stewart filed a formal complaint with the university alleging that the chapter rejected him because he is gay, offering derogatory social media messages he said were sent between fraternity members as proof. (Balt. Sun)

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Three school board members file for reelection in Montgomery County

Six months before the June primary, three of four school board members up for reelection in Montgomery County have filed with the state elections board to seek another term. Patricia O’Neill, 63, the longest-serving member, announced that she will run for a fifth term. O’Neill’s district includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac, although board members are elected by voters countywide. (Wash. Post)

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Calvert school system offers early retirement incentive

Following a trend from recent years to save the school system money, Calvert County Public Schools is offering an incentive for early retirement to employees who meet the requirements starting this winter. (Recorder)

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Local IB school hopes to close international gap

Some experts said U.S. numbers are flat on the Programme of International Student Assessment test, which shows the nation's students trailing those in China, Germany and Vietnam, to name a few countries. However, an international-based high school program in Baltimore County may help to close the global gap. The International Baccalaureate program at Kenwood High School is one of two programs in Baltimore County, and among more than two dozen in the state. It's a rigorous college prep program, where students can earn up to 30 college credits before they graduate. (WBAL-TV)

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