School board recognizes student-athletes, outgoing superintendent

The Allegany County Public Schools education board met briefly on Tuesday to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievement and pay tribute to outgoing superintendent David Cox, who has taken a job as director of schools in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Board vice president David Bohn and member Wayne Foote were absent from the meeting. Every seat was taken in the Washington Street board room, which was often filled with applause and included several emotional moments. Board member Deb Frank got teary when she talked of Cox as a superintendent and friend. She and board member Tammy Fraley presented Cox with a large framed drone photo of Allegany County. (Times-News)

Read Full Article

 
 

MCPS Expected To Loosen Requirements for Substitute Teachers

The Montgomery school board on Thursday will discuss loosening requirements for substitute teachers amid a “severe shortage” of fill-in instructors. The school system’s current policy requires an applicant to have at least a bachelor’s degree or certification. People applying to substitute in vocational programs can be hired without a college degree but must have at least two years of experience in a related area. (Bethesda)

Read Full Article

Teachers at Extended Year Pilot Schools To Receive Additional Pay

After lobbying by colleagues, teachers at two Silver Spring schools that will pilot an extended school year program will receive $3,000 in additional pay–$1,000 more than was originally agreed upon by the school system and teachers union. In a letter sent to Montgomery County Education Association Members (MCEA) last week, union and school system officials announced the revised contracts for the roughly 125 teachers who will work an additional 30 days in the pilot program. (Bethesda)

Read Full Article

Former Carroll County Public Schools principal sentenced to 22 years for production of child porn

Former Carroll County Public Schools teacher and principal Kenneth Brian Fischer, 41, formerly of Westminster, was sentenced Monday to 22 years in federal prison and to undergo lifetime supervision for producing child pornography. Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Fischer in the U.S. District Court of Maryland after hearing statements from Fischer, a victim’s mother, Fischer’s father and testimony from a psychologist. (Carr. Co. Times)

Read Full Article

"So grateful for the sport": Decatur lacrosse alumna reflects on stellar college career

 

Jillian Petito began her lacrosse career in elementary school, always envisioning a future in which she took the shots rather than save them. Petito lined up at attack and midfielder and eventually joined multiple clubs in preparation for the high school level. But in middle school, during one of her summer games, the goalie for Petito’s team was missing in action. With few options on the table, her father told the head coach to put Petito in the cage. While she originally despised the position, unhappy with the amount of equipment required and responsibility of stopping every shot, Petito eventually transitioned into her new role. (Delmarva)

Read Full Article

Ex-UMBC baseball players, part of national trend, turning tables on sexual assault accuser in court

Three former baseball players from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are suing a woman who accused them of sexual assault, part of a growing trend of male students facing sexual assault claims taking their female accusers to court. The defamation, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and invasion of privacy claims were filed recently in response to a civil lawsuit the woman brought against the men in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Defamation claims are the new legal tool for men to clear their name and get their accuser to drop sexual assault complaints, according to legal experts. The defamation cases usually end in settlements. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

TEDCO invests over $1M in seven university-born startups

Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) has invested over $1 million in seven local startups, based around technology developed at state universities. The new investments were made through the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), a program designed to fund promising technologies with significant commercial potential developed at Maryland research universities. The MII was started in 2012, in partnership with five academic research institutions: University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, Baltimore; Johns Hopkins University; and Morgan State University. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

Read Full Article

Council votes down BOE request to study needs at five elementary schools

The Frederick County Council understands that five elementary schools are in poor condition. Still, the council denied the Board of Education’s request to transfer surplus funds to study how to remedy those conditions, arguing there’s no money in the subsequent capital budget to cover the projects. The budget amendment would have allocated $250,000 to a Facility and Program Assessment Study for Emmitsburg, Lewistown, Sabillasville, Thurmont and Wolfsville elementary schools. The money would have come from a surplus from the now completed Frederick High School replacement project. The school board approved moving the funds at a June workshop, but budget transfers must also get approval from the County Council. (News-Post)

Read Full Article