Anne Arundel County Public Schools Facing Bus Driver Shortage To Start New School Year

Anne Arundel County Schools are facing a bus driver shortage to start the new academic year, causing concerns among parents at this week’s school board meeting. “Students were guiding bus drivers on their routes, telling them which way they should be going,” Crofton Middle School parent Laticia Hicks said. “There are a number of school buses that come through our neighborhood. How are we supposed to know which bus to go on?” County schools officials say the district’s contractors, which operate about 90 percent of buses, are faced with a shortage of drivers. The district is short about 20 drivers to start the school year. (WJZ-TV)

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Johns Hopkins Named 12th Best University In World By Times Higher Education

Johns Hopkins University has been named the 12th-best university in the world by the Times Higher Education. The rankings, which came out Wednesday, include nearly 1,400 universities in 92 countries. Hopkins got high marks across a number of categories, including teaching, research and international outlook. (WJZ)

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Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact

A resplendent Central Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center has emerged on Cathedral Street in downtown Baltimore. After more than three years of a basement-to-attic renovation, the 1933 main library building is a proud palace of public learning. Patrons who used the Central Pratt for its books or attended a lecture here will certainly recognize what is one of Baltimore’s most revered interiors. But look again. Paint restorers, plaster artisans, lighting experts and people with an appreciation for history have worked all sorts of magic. There’s also a reliable heating and air conditioning system. (Balt. Sun)

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State Moves to Star Rating to Present Public School Performance

The Maryland State Department of Education has released its latest version of a school performance and accountability plan, which now assigns each school between one and five stars based on various indicators that are to help measure how schools are doing. MSDE referred to the report card as “the most complete picture of school and school performance in state history.” (NW Voice)

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Area Schools Without A/C Closing Or Dismissing Early Thursday

Baltimore City schools without air conditioning will dismiss three hours early Thursday due to heat. Temperatures are expected to reach the lower 90s with heat index values approaching the mid-90s. The early dismissal applies only to schools without air condition, the district said. Nearly 50 district-owned schools are included, as well as a number of other schools in non-district-owned buildings. (WJZ-TV)

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FCPS superintendent presents redistricting recommendation to school board

Most schools in the Linganore-Oakdale-Urbana area would have new attendance boundaries, balanced enrollment numbers and less crowding under Superintendent Terry Alban’s redistricting plan. At Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting, Alban gave her official recommendation to the board on how to move forward with this redistricting process. (News-Post)

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Mercy to introduce new field with girls soccer showcase

Over the summer, Mercy soccer coach Doug Pryor went on Facebook looking for suggestions on what song to play when his Magic players open the season on their new field. Getting the nod was U2’s “Beautiful Day.” The soccer team, along with the other outdoor athletic programs at Mercy, are banking on plenty of beautiful days at the state-of-the-art $4.3 million Sisters of Mercy Athletic Complex. (Balt. Sun)

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Former education secretary addresses diversity in Howard County schools

Equity in Howard County Public Schools has been a hot topic as the district considers redistricting students. Former U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. stopped by Columbia Tuesday to talk with educators about equity and affordable housing and how both affect school systems. The talk comes as Howard County's school superintendent proposes relocating almost 7,400 students around the county. King told 11 News the conversations are never easy to have, but ultimately, they have great benefits not just while children are in school, but for the rest of their lives. (WBAL-TV)

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