Wicomico scholarship changes would leave students out, Wor-Wic president says

Wicomico County Council members are considering adding a further condition to scholarships at Wor-Wic Community College, against the advice of the school’s president and community leaders. Council members have proposed increasing the required grade point average for the scholarships from 2.0 to 2.5, but that would eliminate a lot of students who are otherwise eligible, said Wor-Wic President Ray Hoy. Among Wicomico County high school students, 37 percent score below 2.5, he said, and many students at community colleges are late bloomers who, once given the opportunity, can thrive in a college setting. (Daily Times)

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Washington County Board of Education diversity committee makes final recommendations

After nearly a year's worth of work, a committee studying diversity in Washington County Public Schools presented its final report last week, highlighting four broad recommendations for the district. The 15-member committee, which gave a preliminary report in June, was charged with developing a shared understanding of tasks and challenges, compiling research and identifying trends, then drafting overarching recommendations. Each recommendation included steps to move toward each goal. (Herald-Mail)

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Fallston High School had top SAT scores for 2017

Students who attended Fallston High School in the 2016-2017 school year had the highest combined average SAT scores of Harford County’s 10 public high schools, according to a report provided by Harford County Public Schools on the Class of 2017’s scores. The school system provided the report in mid-November at The Aegis’ request. The students’ performance on the SATs was also a topic of discussion during a presentation on student achievement to the Board of Education on Nov. 13. Fallston, which had 205 students taking the SAT, had an average score of 575 for the “evidence-based” reading and writing section of the test, and an average math score of 582 for a combined score of 1,157 out of a possible 1,600. (Aegis)

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Howard County school leaders look to parents, training to combat violence

Howard County school officials are training teachers and students on how to build relationships that will lead to peaceful conflict resolution. At Wilde Lake High, which has reported six physical fights among students this school year, including three in the last three weeks, principal Rick Wilson is also enlisting the help of parents, and sent a letter to parents Dec. 4 to address a physical altercation between several students three days before. Wilson said the students involved were disciplined in accordance with the school system’s Code of Conduct. (Columbia Flier)

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December 8 // Baltimore 'youth fund' moves closer to distributing $12M

Baltimore City lawmakers unanimously voted Thursday for legislation that would bring the city closer to distributing money from a $12 million fund for children and teens. “Today marks a turning point for the City of Baltimore,” said City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young in a statement. “It’s a moment we should truly celebrate and lift up as an example of the power of collectively investing in our young people and the power that comes from engaging in such a strong and forceful turn toward inclusion and equity." (Balt. Sun)

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University of Baltimore rolls out furlough plan amid declining enrollment

Faced with falling enrollment, the University of Baltimore has cut nearly 400 employees’ salaries to save money. The school made the cuts by furloughing workers — requiring them to take time off without pay — as part of a larger effort to reduce costs that includes a hiring freeze, out-of-state travel restrictions and limits on departmental spending. (Balt. Sun)

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Superintendent: Consolidating high schools 'doesn't make sense'

Declining enrollment in Allegany County Public Schools doesn't mean it's time to consolidate, Superintendent David Cox said during a recent meeting of the Board of Education. The school system has 8,133 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2018 academic year. That's 21 fewer students than 2017, 126 less than 2016 and 166 less than 2015. (Times-News)

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School committees outline budget funding priorities

The importance of competitive teacher salaries, small class sizes and funding for technology highlighted a public budget input session hosted by the Worcester County Board of Education this week. On Tuesday representatives of the various school improvement advisory committees from throughout the county shared their budget requests with school system officials. Requests for pay increases for teachers, funding for technology and maintaining small class sizes came up again and again. (Dispatch)

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