Howard board, superintendent in legal battle as they run county school system

A new majority took over the Howard County school board in December and passed sweeping measures to assert its authority over superintendent Renee Foose. In response, she sued them. Now the superintendent and school board are locked in a costly power struggle with dueling accusations and no lack of recrimination. The internal strife threatens to disrupt Maryland's sixth-largest school system, a district with 76 schools and 55,000 students that consistently ranks among the best in the nation. (Balt. Sun)

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Worcester vows to close testing, teacher diversity gaps

In the early days as superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools, Lou Taylor vowed to be a voice for the kids, regardless of race or gender. Taylor has served 33 years in the district, most recently as chief operating officer before being selected as superintendent in late September, stepping into office on Nov. 1. While Taylor consistently echoes his dedication to the district and his home county, he admits his work is cut out for him, particularly in the realms of diversity. Worcester County Public Schools face poor diversity in teaching staff and a large racial disparity in passing rates for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Careers and College testing. (Daily Times)

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County Council weighs more than $250 million slated for public schools funding

 

The proposed cash contribution from Frederick County government to Frederick County’s public schools has crossed a quarter-billion dollars for the first time — and the County Council will decide whether to keep it there. The council held a hearing on Monday night to take public comment on the proposed education operating and capital budget plans from County Executive Jan Gardner (D). (News-Post)

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Nutrition & Fitness Day at Frederick Douglass High School Hosted by Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and UnitedHealthcare

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia will kick-off the second annual Team8 Tour with a two-day stop in Baltimore April 25 – 26. The visit will be themed around addressing the community’s need for healthier food options and urban agriculture in a food desert. Volunteers will begin working to rebuild the school’s community garden, fitness facility and various upgrades throughout the school on Tuesday, April 25. (CBS)

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Fifth-graders get behind-the-scenes look at court system in mock trial

A jury sat waiting to hear opening arguments in Carroll County Circuit Court's Courtroom 10. The case was that of theft and second-degree burglary, the state alleging Otto Slugworth broke into a chocolate factory, stealing money, golden tickets and the recipe for a new candy while he was there. But, unlike other cases heard in Circuit Court, the jury consisted of fifth-graders from the Gifted and Talented English language arts programs at Freedom, Linton Springs, Mount Airy and Winfield elementary schools, who served in many of the other courtroom roles, too. The students were visiting the court system Monday and participated in a mock trial. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Forestry Board accepting applications for Natural Resources Career Camp

The Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards is accepting applications for a July Natural Resources Careers Camp. According to a Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards news release, the one-week program is a partnership with the Carroll County Forestry Board, Allegany College of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service. The program runs July 23 to 29 and offers hands-on field experiences along with classroom instruction from industry professionals. (Carr. Co. Times)

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HCC students learn to fly high in drone class

With a few strategic jolts of a joystick, students were up and flying over the sunset on a recent spring evening at Hagerstown Community College. They were watching the footage on a miniature screen in front of them and focusing on what they’ve learned so far in a different kind of three-credit class this semester. The “Introduction to Drones” class started in mid-February and focuses on flying, as well as Federal Aviation Administration regulations, civilian usage and operations. “I’m just here enjoying, and I had a chance to fly this twice now,” said student Ed Distad while pointing to the drone flying near the tennis courts off parking lot "H" at HCC. (Herald-Mail)

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Worcester School System Recognized By United Way

United Way recognized Worcester County’s public school system last week for doubling its contribution to the charitable organization. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Worcester County Board of Education, Oliva Momme, community outreach manager for United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, offered her thanks for the school system’s renewed fundraising efforts. Worcester County Public Schools raised $40,987 for United Way in its 2016 campaign. “We are so grateful for everyone’s hard work this past campaign,” Momme said. (O.C. Md. News)

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