July 12 // Baltimore's Youthworks program paid some people for work they didn't do, audit finds

At least 11 people received money from the YouthWorks employment program for work they didn’t do last summer, according to a city audit released Wednesday. City Auditor Audrey Askew told Baltimore’s Board of Estimates that these improper payments “result in the city’s loss of revenues, decreased integrity and unreliability of information provided by the YouthWorks program.” (Balt. Sun)

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Possible fixes for Baltimore County high school overcrowding include new construction, 'aggressively' using space

Baltimore County Public Schools officials presented seven proposals at a public forum Monday on how the county could address overcrowding in its high schools. The county expects a 1,700-seat shortfall in its high schools in the coming decade, meaning a handful of schools will be over their state-rated capacity. Catonsville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Towson and Sparrows Point are among the high schools that are projected to be over capacity by 110 percent. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County School Board discusses students kneeling during anthem

A soon to be seventh grader is starting her summer by taking on the Baltimore County School Board. The Catonsville middle schooler made national headlines last year for her silent protest during the pledge of allegiance. The 12-year-old is asking for the school to revise its rules, clarifying that students are allowed to silently dissent during things like the pledge of allegiance or national anthem. (WJZ-TV)

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Hummer, Gilleland to continue in top roles on Anne Arundel school board

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday for Julie Hummer to continue as president and Terry Gilleland as vice president. Both Hummer and Gilleland are up for election this November, but will stay on for at least two more years even if they lose to finish out their appointed terms. The board is transitioning from an appointed one to an elected one. (Capital)

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Steven Lockard tackles key issues during first Carroll school board meeting as superintendent

The future of the Carroll County Career and Technology Center filled Steven Lockard’s first meeting as Carroll County Public Schools superintendent. While July 11 was Lockard’s first meeting with the Board of Education, his term as superintendent began at the beginning of the month. The meeting included the recognition of former Superintendent Stephen Guthrie’s retirement from CCPS and the unveiling of his portrait that will join the rest of the former superintendent portraits that line a hallway in CCPS’ Central Office. (Carr. Co. Times)

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'Moving the needle' in county public schools: Superintendent's first academic year marked by challenges, rebuilding

When Michael Martirano was asked to lead Howard County public schools as interim superintendent in May 2017, he did not return to the same Howard County district he left a dozen years ago. “I inherited a system in crisis, a school system that was in crisis, it had every imaginable concern in it,” Martirano said in an interview at the end of this school year, his first full academic year in charge of the state’s sixth largest school district. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Haiti protests delayed return of Baltimore Archdiocese-sponsored youth mission group

A youth group sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore has landed in the United States after violent protests in Haiti delayed its return. The mission group — which included nine people ages 16 to 20, and three adult chaperones — was supposed to return by July 7, Sean Caine, a spokesman for archdiocese, said in an email. The group’s original flight was canceled. (AP/Balt. Sun)

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July 11 // How one Maryland high school successfully boosted minority student enrollment in advanced classes

At Hammond High School in Columbia, Md., the faculty and staff wanted to buck a national trend in which students of color and those living in poverty enroll in advanced classes far less frequently compared with other students. This post explains how they did it, and why Hammond is a winner in the 2017 “Schools of Opportunity” project, which recognizes public high schools that work to close opportunity gaps by creating learning environments that reach every student. (Wash. Post)

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