Tempers Flare Over School Reforms; Kirwan Urges Hogan to Address Panel

Of all the measures the Maryland General Assembly took this year to bolster the work of the so-called Kirwan Commission, one requiring quick action formed a work group to study how two key state education agencies would implement the commission’s eventual recommendations. Created by statute, the Workgroup to Study the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission held its first meeting in Annapolis Monday afternoon. (Md. Matters)

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In Maryland athletics circles, a warm welcome for NCAA moving to allow athletes to profit from images, names

Len Elmore has a poster advertising Converse sneakers, which he and other Terps basketball players wore as part of coach Lefty Driesell’s shoe contract, in his Maryland home. It shows Elmore, still Maryland’s all-time leading rebounder 45 years later, pulling one down during a 1973 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game against Virginia. (Balt. Sun)

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National Merit commends Talbot students

Easton High School seniors James Parkinson and Dillon Prochnicki, and St. Michaels Middle High School senior Kyla Mullaney, have been named commended students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented students received a letter of commendation from National Merit Scholarship Corporation for this achievement. (StarDem)

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Country School board chooses next head

The Country School Board of Trustees on Monday, Oct. 28, announced its unanimous decision to appoint William F. Ennist Jr. as the sixth head of school, effective July 1, 2020. From a field of about 100 candidates vetted by independent school search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates and the Country School's Search Committe, Ennist quickly emerged as the clear front-runner, according to a news release. (StarDem)

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Student Performance Lags On Nation’s Report Card

America’s eighth graders are falling behind in math and reading, while fourth graders are doing slightly better in reading. That’s according to the latest results from the Nation’s Report Card. There were exceptions to the findings, which also showed declines among fourth graders in math. (AP)

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Reading Partners Aim To Help Hundreds Of West Baltimore Kids With Literacy Skills

Kids in west Baltimore are getting a lesson that will they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Thanks to a non-profit organization, and a group of dedicated volunteers, the kids are learning and experiencing the value of reading through a whole new set of eyes and ears. Inside the Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy, a sweet young reading tutor at the age of 73 is drafting experience with readers of all ages. (WJZ-TV)

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UMD says it’s has high hopes for the Cool Food Pledge

University of Maryland was the first university to join the Cool Food Pledge, an initiative that requires organizations to reduce their food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030. The university announced on Aug. 26 that it would cut down these greenhouse gases by changing the ways in which the Department of Dining Services sources, handles and serves food. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Teacher of the Year calls job ‘the intersection of my passion and my purpose’

A third-grade teacher from Anne Arundel County credited with forging strong connections with students and colleagues has been named the 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Teresa Beilstein, a teacher at South Shore Elementary School in Crownsville, won the top honor Friday night, with state officials announcing her selection at a crowded gala in Baltimore. She edged out six other finalists. Taking the stage, she described teaching as a calling. (Wash. Post)

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