Harford schools Superintendent Bulson kicks off 'Listen & Learn Tour' at Bel Air Middle School

Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson started his five-week Listen & Learn Tour on Tuesday evening, speaking and interacting with 50 people gathered in the Bel Air Middle School cafeteria. Bulson, who became the head of the public school system in early July, will visit middle schools county-wide through mid-October to meet members of the community and hear their concerns about and ideas to improve the school system. (Aegis)

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U-Md. president told commission some allegations ‘probably occur in every football program’

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh stood before reporters Aug. 14 and apologized to the family of Jordan McNair, a football player who died days after a team workout. That day, Loh also announced a commission charged with examining the culture inside the school’s embattled football program, an undertaking that could prompt sweeping changes at the state’s flagship university. Few details about the group’s work to date are publicly available, but the commission’s directives and composition reveal some of the inherent obstacles that arise when independent bodies investigate problems in university athletic departments. (Wash. Post)

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Committee recommends no immediate closures or redistricting for Carroll schools

After months of meetings, the Redistricting and School Closure Committee presented its long-anticipated report, which was met with concern from some and praise from others in a meeting that at times grew tense and impassioned. David Lever, the committee’s paid facilitator, presented the report at Wednesday night’s Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education meeting. And despite the committee’s name, RSCC concluded, per the report’s executive summary, that while there is a “pressing need to find efficiencies,” that neither comprehensive redistricting nor school closures are “warranted” at this time. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Attorney for former CCPS teacher Kenneth Fischer files for release from custody, cites medical concerns

The attorney for the former Carroll County schools teacher federally indicted for a sexual offense involving a minor in February has filed for a detention hearing, set for Thursday afternoon, requesting his client be released into the custody of his father. In the request Kenneth Brian Fischer’s attorney, Michael Montemarano, cites concern over Fischer’s medical care while in custody. Fischer, was indicted Feb. 22 on federal charges related to using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. (Carr. Co. Times)

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September 12 // Maryland school system votes to offer condoms at all high schools

Maryland’s largest school system decided Tuesday to offer condoms in the health rooms of more than 20 high schools, with several leaders describing the need as urgent amid a spike in sexually transmitted infections. The Montgomery County school board unanimously approved the plan a week after condoms were made available at four high schools with clinics on campus. (Wash. Post)

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Head Start expands in Md. county where scandal flared two years ago

Head Start classes are expandingin Prince George’s County, more than two years after the public school system lost a multimillion-dollar federal grant for the early-education program amid reports of corporal punishment and humiliation of children. Easterseals DC MD VA and the Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness announced Wednesday that they have received a combined $33.5 million in federal grants to operate programs for 418 economically disadvantaged children a year. The grants will stretch over five years. (Wash. Post)

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MCPS to consider allowing excused absences for civic activism

The Montgomery County Board of Education is considering allowing county high school students to be excused up to three times per year to participate in “civic engagement activities.” To be excused, a student would have to present the school with written permission from a parent and the organization sponsoring the event that a student wants to attend. (Bethesda)

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Steps to address racism in Anne Arundel schools discussed at caucus meeting

The Caucus of African American Leaders is calling on county schools to address what it says is a systemic racism problem, and Tuesday night a school official answered questions and told members about what the system has done, and what it will do. The focus of the meeting was education and equity, and convener Carl Snowden called racism in schools an issue that spans administrations. (Capital)

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