School boundary questions touch off debates about race, income, equity

For months, the prospect of redrawing school boundaries has sent a jolt through the Maryland suburbs, with some in Montgomery County urging changes that would make schools more diverse and less crowded, and others expressing fears of long-distance busing or lower property values. Much of the worry and debate was sparked by a January school board vote to take a broad look at the patchwork of school attendance zones in sprawling Montgomery County, with the nation’s 14th-largest school system. This month, the process moves a major step forward, with the school board slated to choose an outside firm to conduct a districtwide boundary analysis — described as the first examination of its kind in at least 20 years. (Wash. Post)

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Commissioners, Sheriff's Office, community college to offer pathway to associate's degree for cadets

A new program through the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will allow police academy recruits to obtain an associate’s degree from Carroll Community College while gaining professional experience — at no cost to the cadet. The Carroll County commissioners unanimously voted at their most recent meeting to support the creation of policy to start a law enforcement cohort program. The program will allow cadets of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Police Entry Level Training (PELT) Academy to earn an associate’s degree from Carroll Community College as they undergo academy training. (Carr. Co. Times) 

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Anne Arundel County schools to overhaul part of reading curriculum

Anne Arundel County will overhaul part of its early elementary reading curriculum, in exchange for something school district officials say will catch struggling readers before they fall through the cracks. The sweeping change applies to the phonics, or foundational literacy, portion of the kindergarten through second-grade reading programs and will be unveiled in the fall. It comes amid a national conversation about the science of reading, and what’s best for new readers. Roughly three in 10 kindergarteners, first- and second-graders in Anne Arundel County aren’t reading on grade level, according to data from the school district. (Balt. Sun) 

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Some WCPS summer school students learn dangers of tobacco, e-cigarettes

Some of Washington County Public Schools’ summer students will receive extra health education, thanks to a partnership between the district and the county health department. For an hour a week for five weeks, students taking summer classes at North Hagerstown High School will hear presentations on drug and alcohol abuse. The program started June 26. According to prevention coordinator Holly Luther, there will be a panel discussion July 24, possibly with people in recovery. Students will interact with them. Bridget Moser, also with the health department, said the department has done similar presentations during summer school in the past. (Herald-Mail)

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Baltimore County school lead tests complete; results to be posted by end of month

State-mandated lead tests of drinking water in Baltimore County Public Schools were completed before the end of the school year, with results set to be posted by the end of the month, officials said. Samples for all remaining schools were taken before the last day of school on June 17, said David Glassman, the school system’s supervisor for environmental services. Those samples have been submitted to the lab for analysis, Glassman said, and are expected to be received and posted online by the end of July. (Balt. Sun)

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Johns Hopkins University reveals plans for Newseum makeover

Johns Hopkins University submitted informal plans to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on Wednesday to convert the Newseum in D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood into a state-of-the-art educational facility, the first step in a larger review process it hopes to complete in time to start construction in fall 2020. The Baltimore-based university isn't proposing a dramatic overhaul to the roughly 470,000-square-foot building's exterior, but it hopes alterations will make 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW appear more open, transparent and engaging, both for students and staff inside and for passers-by along America's Main Street, as the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor is known. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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MCPS Updates Guidelines for LGBTQ Student Issues

In the past year, the Montgomery school system has made a “monumental shift” in its treatment of LGBTQ students, activists say, punctuated by recently released guidelines about student gender identity. The school system last week released updated guidelines on how to treat and interact with students who do not identify as cisgender with revised gender identity definitions, added language to encourage LGBTQ clubs and possibly most notable, shifted language from phrases like “try” and “should” to “must” and “required” when discussing the rights of nonbinary or transgender students, according to Mark Eckstein, chair of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations’ LGBTQ subcommittee. (Bethesda)

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Former Meade High School principal to lead Chesapeake High

Chesapeake High School will get a new principal as part of the latest wave of routine administrative reassignments in Anne Arundel County schools. Former Meade High School principal John Yore will assume the same position at Chesapeake High School. Yore’s appointment, along with others across Anne Arundel County, took effect Monday. “Everyone who knows me knows of the love and respect I have for each of my students. Words are inadequate to express how difficult it is to leave them,” he wrote in a letter to the Meade High School community. (Balt. Sun)

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