Baltimore County narrows search for superintendent amid challenges: late start, fractious school board

The Baltimore County school board will interview six finalists for superintendent this month in a selection process challenged, experts say, by a short timetable and a board that appears divided over its allegiance to interim Superintendent Verletta White, who is seeking the job. There are just six weeks before the board is legally required to have a new superintendent in place. Within the board, heated discussions are common, and it remains unclear whether White has enough votes to get the permanent job — or whether the state superintendent of schools would approve her if she did. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County elementary school financial literacy class set to be featured on 'Today' show Thursday

Flo Falatko’s fifth-graders at Cromwell Valley Elementary School have already learned how to trade in stocks and balance portfolios. Now this week, after the “Today” show airs on NBC Thursday morning, some of her students are set to make it on national television before reaching middle school. “They felt like they were rock stars, and they are rock stars,” said Falatko, a math teacher at the magnet school in Towson. “They just made me so proud with their sharing and their honesty.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Teachers Union election spurs allegations of voter suppression, campaign violations

Thousands of teachers will have the chance Wednesday to vote in the most contentious Baltimore Teachers Union election in years, a race that has divided educators and been peppered with allegations of voter suppression and campaign violations. Union President Marietta English, who first assumed the position in 1998, is running on her record of negotiating the past four contracts. She’s part of the Progressive Caucus, a powerful group within the union. (Balt. Sun)

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Football locker room was unsupervised during alleged broomstick attack by players, school officials acknowledge

Montgomery County school officials acknowledged Tuesday that a football locker room at Damascus High School went unsupervised during a 25-minute period when alleged sexual assaults with a broomstick took place Oct. 31 among teammates. School officials also announced they removed the school’s athletic director and junior varsity football coach from their positions. The shake-up of the storied football program at the Maryland school of about 1,300 students comes days after parents confronted elected school board members about what actions the school system was taking in response to the incident that resulted in criminal sexual assault cases. (Wash. Post)

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Recession-affected Prince George’s Co. schools staff could get raises

Staff at Prince George’s County public schools in Maryland whose raises were frozen from 2009 to 2012 during the recession could get a pay bump. Interim school chief Dr. Monica Goldson announced in a statement Tuesday that teachers, principals and support staff who remained with the school system consistently for the last 10 years despite not getting a raise will receive a salary increase over the next three years. (WTOP)

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New Eastern Shore Community College president named

A dean at Old Dominion University has been named as the next Eastern Shore Community College president, officials said Tuesday. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced that James M. Shaeffer of Norfolk, Virginia, has been hired to become the next president of Eastern Shore Community College. Shaeffer’s selection is the result of a national search that attracted 92 applicants. (Delmarva)

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Contentious Baltimore Teachers Union election spurs allegations of voter suppression, campaign violations

Thousands of teachers will have the chance Wednesday to vote in the most contentious Baltimore Teachers Union election in years, a race that has divided educators and been peppered with allegations of voter suppression and campaign violations. Union President Marietta English, who first assumed the position in 1998, is running on her record of negotiating the past four contracts. She’s part of the Progressive Caucus, a powerful group within the union. (Balt. Sun)

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Restoring raises the recession took: A $46.5 million proposal in Prince George’s

The interim schools chief in Prince George’s County will try to end a bitter, long-running dispute over compensation by announcing a plan Tuesday to give school employees $46.5 million in raises they missed in the aftermath of the recession. Monica Goldson said the pay hikes would be spread over three years, with about $15.8 million paid this year, on top of regular step increases negotiated by the teacher’s union. The funding would come this year from cuts to central office spending that Goldson has identified and, she said, could require program cuts in the next two years. (Wash. Post)

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