Montgomery County school board again seeking leniency from governor on academic calendar mandate

The Montgomery County school board will send Gov. Larry Hogan a letter about their struggles with the academic calendar. Again. The board voted 6-2 Tuesday to ask Gov. Larry Hogan to relax an executive order that schools begin classes after Labor Day and end by June 15. The school board is urging him to push back the mandated end of the school year statewide to June 22. (Bethesda)

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'Uptick' in hate vandalism reported at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Incidents of hate crimes and acts of intolerance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have doubled in 2017 as police report finding swastikas drawn around the 13,600-student Catonsville campus. “This is new,” said Paul Dillon, deputy chief of police at UMBC. Daily crime logs show 10 incidents classified as hate crimes so far this year. Dillon said most involved swastikas drawn or etched on various surfaces, including desks and bathroom stalls. (Balt. Sun)

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Plans for former North Carroll High School see support from town, officials at Hampstead meeting

Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2, was applauded Tuesday night by members of the Hampstead community and the town’s mayor and council regarding future plans for the former North Carroll High School, with Mayor Christopher Nevins saying Weaver was “making lemonade out of some really sour lemons.” Weaver, along with Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees and Director of Carroll County Recreation and Parks Jeff Degitz, came out Tuesday to the Hampstead town meeting — which was a full house — to make a presentation about plans for the community’s former school. (Carr. Co. Times)

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School board debates decoration of graduation attire

Three of the four Allegany County high school principals say they oppose students decorating their caps and gowns for graduation. The Allegany County Board of Education discussed the subject Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting at the Central Office on Washington Street. The board is trying to formulate a countywide policy on the practice by spring. (Times-News)

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The butterfly effect: Monarch Academy a blank canvas for arts

Andrew Ross showed blank coloring book pages to students at Monarch Academy Annapolis on Tuesday morning. He flipped through more pages in the book, showing students the illustrations. The blank pages were what school officials had about a year ago — the illustrated pages are what they have now at their new school. “What seemed to be impossible, about oh maybe around last Halloween, was that we could have all of you sitting in this room rather than in an overcrowded school,” said Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild and the TranZed Alliance, the parent company to Monarch Academy Public Charter Schools. (Capital)

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Boyse F. Mosley, outspoken Baltimore principal, dies

Boyse F. Mosley, a media-savvy retired Baltimore City public school principal who openly criticized his superiors while stressing academics and safe classrooms, died of heart failure Oct. 2 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Mondawmin-area resident was 85. “He clearly brought a lot of energy to the job of being a principal,” said former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who is now president of the University of Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Archbishop visits St. Maria Goretti High School, tours improvements

The Archdiocese of Baltimore helped fund a recently completed renovation project at St. Maria Goretti High School, creating new classroom space and much-needed bathroom updates. William E. Lori, the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore, stopped by the school's Hagerstown campus Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the finished product. (Herald-Mail)

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Decatur naval science students launch fundraising effort to continue program

Stephen Decatur High School’s naval science students are seeking the community’s support as they work to reinvigorate the longstanding program. Just as they’ve supported the community for years, performing color guard duties at countless events and teaching local children how to handle the American flag, the teenagers in Decatur’s naval science program are now hoping the community will support them as they work to raise money for much needed equipment and scholarships. (Dispatch)

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