Harford schools offices to be closed June 19 for systemwide critical incident training

The Harford school system will continue its efforts next Wednesday — the day after schools are dismissed for the summer — to have all staff trained to response to a critical incident. School offices in Harford County will be closed Wednesday, June 19, so staff can participate in critical response training, which in Harford is called Active Assailant Critical Response Training. It is a coordinated effort between the school system, Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Harford County government and was developed in response to the 2018 Maryland Safe to Learn Act passed by the Maryland General Assembly in April 2018 that mandates all Maryland school systems implement an active assailant training. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Public Schools Unanimously Approve To Start School After Labor Day

Baltimore County Public Schools have unanimously approved to start the 2019-2020 academic school year after Labor Day Weekend. The Baltimore County Public School Board said that it received a lot of feedback from parents and teachers. That feedback helped fuel their decision on Tuesday night. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore school board votes to approve new charter, rejects another's expansion proposal

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday night to approve a new charter school in a growing part of the city. Patterson Park Public Charter School will replicate its highly sought-after program at a second location in Southeast Baltimore, with a goal of eventually enrolling 540 more kids between kindergarten and eighth grade and exposing them to hands-on instruction that integrates the arts and nature. They plan to open what will be called Clay Hill Public Charter in the Bayview neighborhood in 2020. (Balt. Sun)

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Scripps National Spelling Bee Champ From Elkridge To Be Honored By Howard County Executive Calvin Ball

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will attend a celebration on Wednesday for Clarksville Middle School eighth-grader Saketh Sundar, one of the co-champions at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ball also said he congratulates the other Howard County students who participated in the national competition, including Veer Tuliani, Michael Kittredge, Teresa Cherian, Luke Suko, and Kristin Millburn. (WJZ-TV) 

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Washington County Board of Education to review personal electronics policy updates

Washington County Public Schools students soon might have more flexibility at school with their personal electronics. The Washington County Board of Education soon will take a look at proposed updates to its policy on electronic devices, which includes allowing students to use the devices during passing periods and at lunch. The Policy Review and Development Committee met Tuesday to discuss changes to the policy, which originally was adopted in October 2001 and last revised in May 2015. (Herald-Mail)

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MCPS Cites ‘Clear Missteps’ After Calling Police on Black Boy with Play Money

A Chevy Chase mother is adding to community concerns about racial profiling in the Montgomery school system and police department after police and the Secret Service were called after her 10-year-old son was showing toy money on a school bus. The boy was excited about learning to count money and practiced with fake bills purchased from the online retailer Amazon, according to an online petition started by his mother recounting the incident. (Bethesda)

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Baltimore Students Fly High To Celebrate Academic Success Thanks To Ravens’ Brandon Carr

When Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr signed with Baltimore two years ago, he became a mentor to the students at Glenmount Elementary-Middle School. At the beginning of the school year, he promised a group of kids who did well he would have a big surprise for them, and he didn’t disappoint. The students, 27 in total, were surprised with a chance to take flight at iFLY indoor skydiving in White Marsh. “They’re so deserving to celebrate all their accomplishments, so it’s just a thrill,” Glenmount teacher Erin Hauser said. (WJZ-TV)

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Harford school board passes $478.8 million budget for FY2020; 108.3 positions to be eliminated

Harford County Public Schools passed a $478.8 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes elimination of 108.3 positions — nearly 100 fewer than the 202.5 initially proposed to be cut. The budget, approved 9-0 at Monday night’s board of education meeting, includes a $10.7 million increase from the county — the largest increase in recent years — and $5.5 million more than expected from the state, which allowed some of those proposed positions to be restored. “This has been an experience, at times frustrating,” board member Tom Fitzpatrick said. “But in view of where we started, we’ve come to the best end that we could.” (Balt. Sun)

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