In-school suspensions down again; out-of-school suspensions same at Washington Co. schools

For the third time in a row, fewer Washington County Public Schools students received in-school suspension during the last school year compared to the previous two years, but the number of students who received out-of-school suspension during 2018-19 essentially stayed the same. (Herald-Mail)

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Leadership program to examine careers, education

An October program will explore growing opportunities and educational options for careers that do not require a four-year degree. Titled “The Unpaved Path to a Promising Career,” the program is sponsored by Leadership Washington County. (Herald-Mail)

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Washington County Board of Education briefs

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday passed 6-0 the first step in adding two proposed policies concerning grades and grade changes. The policies stem from state mandates in response to grade-changing issues discovered in Prince George’s County in 2017, according to Chief Legal Counsel Anthony Trotta. (Herald-Mail)

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Howard County Schools Hold First Redistricting Hearing

Howard County School officials are considering moving more than 7,000 students to different schools, saying they want to reduce overcrowding and balance the poverty rate among those schools. On Tuesday, a large crowd appeared at the first of three public hearings on the redistricting plan held at the Department of Education on Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City. (WBAL-radio)

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Public Hearings Begin Over Plan To Redistrict Schools In Howard County

The Board of Education is hearing from the community about a controversial plan to redistrict schools in Howard County. According to the school district’s website, the redistricting plan will reassign just over 7,300 students in the county’s elementary, middle and high schools. The proposed redistricting plan would go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. (WJZ-TV)

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Amid redistricting debate, Howard officials say students who attend Title I schools ‘are simply children’

As principal of Talbott Springs Elementary School, Nancy Thompson works every day to provide an atmosphere where every child feels a sense of belonging. However, some future residents question the Columbia elementary school’s integrity due to its Title I status. “I get calls where people say, ‘I’m moving to the area and I hear you’re a Title I school. Tell me about [student] behavior,’ ” Thompson said. “Children in Title I schools are children," she said. "They are simply children.” (Balt. Sun)

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Regional Bus Driver Shortage Affecting 2 Maryland Public School Systems, Including Baltimore County

A regional school bus driver shortage is now affecting two Maryland counties. Baltimore County Public Schools officials report they are about 50 bus drivers short in the northeast region of the county. A mother in Baltimore County said her children’s buses have been arriving late for the past two weeks and said she just wants this problem to get resolved so they can get to school on time. “The bus is either 40 minutes late or more or I’ll get a neighbor to pick her up and I have to pay them to take her to school,” says mother Tracy Evans. She said her kids and other students in the area have been dealing with the same problem. (WJZ-TV)

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Hundreds of University of Maryland students wage counterprotest against controversial religious group

Waving bright yellow signs that screamed lines like “Cover up girls,” “Jesus or Hellfire” and “Feminists support pedophilia,” two men and two boys set up camp Tuesday afternoon on the University of Maryland’s McKeldin Mall, shouting and taunting people as they walked past. The campus came out to meet them. For over three hours, hundreds converged in a sprawling circle around the demonstrators representing the Key of David Christian Center, a religious group that expresses its beliefs by ridiculing people it deems “sinners.” The crowd, spilling over stairs and standing on stone pillars overlooking the grassy lawn, faced down the man who called himself their pastor, and his congregants. (Balt.Sun)

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