Recovery program to open for MoCo students

Officials have announced the opening of a recovery and academic program for Montgomery County public school students who are recovering from substance use. A spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools says the program announced on Tuesday is expected to begin this summer. It will be based at an adolescent recovery clubhouse that is part of Family Services, Inc. That's a nonprofit in Gaithersburg that provides health and social services. (WMAR-AP)

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Baltimore Student Accepted In Top Scholars Program

A Patapsco High School student who applied for a program geared towards minority students, called Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America has been accepted as one of the 100 LEDA scholars. Yara Daraiseh, one of the students who was accepted, will have the opportunity to attend Princeton University free of charge for seven-weeks.  Her time there will include leadership training, college preparation, academic writing, test practices, and community building. The program targets students who show leadership, and want to attend a highly competitive college. (WJZ-CBS)

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Harford school board votes down amendment to allow student rep vote on board officers

A proposal to allow the student representative on the Harford County Board of Education to vote for board president and vice president was defeated Monday evening, amid concerns the student member could be subject to undue influence from adult board members. “The position is just ripe to be misused, and for that reason I think we should protect that student from that pressure,” board member Joseph Hau said. His colleague, member Al Williamson, made the motion to allow the student representative to cast a vote for board president and vice president during a discussion on revisions to the overall policy on electing officers. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel considering $500 gift cards to help new teachers pay for school supplies

A federal study found that school teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on school supplies — a fact Anne Arundel County hopes to mitigate with $500 gift cards to new teachers. The proposal is expected to cost $300,000 and would be managed by the 21st Century Education Foundation. Details of the program — how it would be monitored and managed — are not available yet as the county is waiting until the money is approved before finishing the paperwork. If approved by the County Council, the gift cards could help attract teachers and offset costs, said Amalie Brandenburg, County Executive Steve Schuh’s education officer. (Capital)

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Superintendent George Arlotto gets another four years with Anne Arundel schools

The Board of Education unanimously approved a new four-year contract for Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto on Wednesday evening. The board reappointed Arlotto to the position in February, contingent on the contract negotiation and the approval of the state superintendent — which the system received. Arlotto’s salary for his first year under the new contract will be $269,000. His new term begins July 1. His current salary is $259,996, according to schools spokesman Bob Mosier. He can get raises along with other 12-month executive staff, or Unit VI, employees. (Capital)

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Carroll school board continues work on strategic plan, discusses goals and measures for student success

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education continued paring down its strategic plan, focusing this week on setting baselines, ways of measuring and determining appropriate goals. “If we can agree on the what, then moving forward we can begin to plug in the baseline for where we currently are then we can establish those growth goals,” Greg Bricca, CCPS director of research and accountability, told the board at Wednesday’s meeting. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Carroll County teachers and farmers concerned about FY19 budget

Teachers and farmers made up the majority of Carroll County residents who came out Tuesday night, May 15 to fight for fiscal year 2019 funding despite a torrential rainstorm that began when the public budget hearing began. At least one-third of the attendees represented educators, 20 out of a crowd of about 60, and spoke out against the $4 million gap between what the county will award Carroll County Public Schools and what the Board of Education has requested. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Manchester Valley officially named one of two Green Ribbon Schools in the state

A Carroll County school was officially honored with the 2018 Green Ribbon Schools Award this week. The U.S. Department of Education announced that two Maryland schools have received the award, according to a news release from the Maryland State Department of Education. Manchester Valley High School and Newport Middle School in Montgomery County received the honor, according to the release, and were among 46 schools across the nation to receive the award, along with six districts and six postsecondary institutions. (Carr. Co. Times)

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