Principal for a day leads pet parade at Eldersburg school for students with dyslexia

The Legacy School had a new principal for the day and several new students Friday. Among them, two horses, a turtle, a chicken, a cat and several dogs. Fifth-grade student Kate Keiser was the principal for the day, and one of her three rules she established as principal was for the school to have a pet parade. Instead of heading to the first period of classes, Legacy School students instead got to walk with their pets as Kate, on her horse Honey, led them around the parking lot and toward the neighboring seniors home. Her other two rules were to abolish homework for the weekend and to be able to dress down instead of wearing the usual uniform. (Carr. Co. Times)

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May 12 // Baltimore County schools superintendent will leave job without additional compensation

Unlike the superintendent of Howard County schools who walked away from her job with a $1.65 million payout last week, Baltimore County's superintendent is leaving the position with just what he is owed in his contract for this year. School Superintendent Dallas Dance abruptly resigned two weeks ago in Baltimore County with employment prospects, but no job. Dance will leave on the last day of his contract, June 30. He will collect just the final pay of his $275,000 annual salary and his retirement and pension payments as required under his employment contract signed last year, according to school district officials. (Balt. Sun)

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Worcester County To Fully Fund Proposed Education Budget

The Worcester County Commissioners expressed no concerns with the school system’s proposed spending plan for the coming year at a work session this week. During a budget work session Tuesday, the commissioners made no cuts to the Worcester County Board of Education’s proposed budget. Instead, they opted to disregard a staff recommendation to eliminate roughly $400,000 from the proposed budget. (Dispatch)

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Fountain Green Elementary nurse is top in Maryland

Debra Kauffman, the school nurse at Fountain Green Elementary School and 14-year veteran of Harford County Public Schools, was named the 2017 Maryland School Nurse of the Year by the Maryland Association of School Health Nurses. MASHN is a professional school nurse organization dedicated to promoting the role of school nurses in contributing to the health and educational success of students. (Aegis)

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Rockville High School student who sent sex video not charged, but recipients are

Child pornography charges against a pair of illegal immigrants previously accused of raping a fellow student at Rockville High School have refocused attention on the problem of teen sexting. Montgomery County prosecutors charged Henry Sanchez Milian, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, with possession of child pornography after discovering an explicit video of a 14-year-old girl on the defendants’ cellphones. But the girl — who recorded and first sent the video — has not been charged. (Wash. Times)

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Noose found by courtyard window at Crofton Middle School

A noose was seen hanging in front of a window that faced Crofton Middle School's courtyard Thursday morning, according to a letter Principal Nuria Williams sent to parents. School staff called police after a teacher discovered the noose, which was visible to students in other classrooms. School staff took it down minutes after finding it. Police are investigating the incident. (Capital)

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Montgomery County Principals Alert Parents About Controversial Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’

About five episodes into the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, psychologist Christina Conolly was so hooked that she couldn't resist binge-watching through the weekend. Some scenes were so moving, she broke down into tears. Others so unnerved her that she couldn't fall asleep at night. And she was left wondering how the series, which revolves around the suicide of a teenage girl named Hannah, was affecting Montgomery County students. (Bethesda)

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JHU Students Build Specialized Stroller For Disabled Syrian Boy Whose Parents Moved Here For His Care

For Karam Tarazi, each step is a giant leap. The 6-year-old has a rare genetic disease called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, which damaged his nervous system. He’s one of only 10 children in the world with this particular mutation. His doting mom and dad, Dana Ajilikin and Ousama Tarazi left their home and families in Syria more than two years ago, trading in their careers in banking and marketing to come to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for Karam’s specialized care. When Karam grew out of his stroller, they couldn’t afford a new one. Then the V-Linc organization stepped in. Engineering students from Johns Hopkins University spent a semester-and-a-half volunteering to design a stroller with extra head and trunk support. (WJZ-TV)

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