Election of officers on BOE's Tuesday agenda

The election of new officers is among items included on the Allegany County Public Schools agenda for Tuesday’s public meeting. It’s been a year since board members David Bohn, Robert Farrell and Wayne Foote chose Farrell as board president and Bohn as vice president. Although that action had been listed on an agenda for a later public and open meeting, the three made the decision prior to an executive session when members of the public were not present. (Times-News)

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Will Md. education spending reform plan add up?

Maryland’s state budget will be inextricably linked this year — and perhaps for years to come — to the latest once-in-a-generation proposal to dramatically boost education funding. The legislature returns to Annapolis for the start of the 2020 session Wednesday with an expected budget surplus and modestly optimistic projections of $115 million in additional revenues for the coming budget year. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Area Schools Closing For Primary Election To Replace Rep. Elijah Cummings

Numerous schools in Maryland’s 7th congressional district will be closed on February 4 as voters head to the polls for a primary election to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Baltimore County Schools said Friday that classes will be canceled county-wide since many schools serve as polling places. A district-wide closure is also scheduled for the general election on April 28. (WJZ)

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22-Year-Old Woman Arrested In Connection With Harford Community College Bomb Threat

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 22-year-old Fairfax woman in connection with a bomb threat that was made against Harford Community College on Friday. Amara Mallory Leonard has been identified as the woman who made a threat in the form of an email sent Thursday, January 3rd, stating someone was going to plant pipe bombs on campus. (WJZ)

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Howard County teachers union files class action grievance about ‘staffing crisis’

The Howard County Education Association alerted its members Thursday that the union had filed a class action grievance “to sound the alarm about the staffing crisis” within the school system. “The Grievants, who are mostly special educators, have missed their contractually required planning and lunch due to the extreme and emergent daily demands at their schools,” the grievance states. (Balt Sun)

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A Maryland case asks: Should some private schools be banned from accessing public voucher dollars?

Bethel Christian Academy in Howard County, Md., instructs students that “marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman.” When they arrive at the school’s campuses in and around the community of Savage, they are expected to dress and use facilities according to their “biological gender” because “God immutably bestows gender upon each person at birth as male or female to reflect His image.” (Wash Post)


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‘You’re chefs! This is a kitchen!’ It’s also a school cafeteria. That doesn’t mean the food has to be bland or frozen.

Any other morning, the women would have warmed frozen egg-and-cheese sandwiches. Or maybe unwrapped plastic packages of Honey Nut Cheerios. This morning was different at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology. Working swiftly in the predawn hush, cafeteria workers Francisca Dofour and Mona Nasroun folded fried-chicken biscuits — fresh from the oven — in black-and-white checked paper and poured out streams of chunky homemade cereal. (Wash Post)

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Extra Security On Campus After Teen Arrested For Alleged Violence Threat At Mervo High School

Baltimore City Schools were back in class Thursday, and students from one high school were met with a greater police presence after a teenager was arrested over an alleged threat. A post, showing guns, purportedly written by an angry parent mentioned bullying and threatened to shoot hundreds of students. Police said it was actually written by a 16-year-old girl. She was arrested Wednesday, charged with threat of mass violence and has been released into the custody of her parents, police said. (WJZ-TV)

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