Reisterstown youth football teams meet goal of raising money to travel to new tournament after Carroll County league ban

The Reisterstown Mustangs have surpassed their $6,000 fundraising goal, with some help from Ray Lewis. A donation from the former Raven will help send 140 youth football players to an out-of-state tournament after a Carroll County league banned them from the playoffs. Rachel Bullock, whose 8-year-old son plays for the Mustangs, said the money from a GoFundMe drive will pay for buses, hotel rooms, food and participation fees for the kids — a handful of whom are living in a homeless shelter. (Balt. Sun)

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Theater program coming to Western Maryland

The JumpStart Theatre program will be implemented in Western Maryland beginning in the 2019-20 school year through a partnership between the Educational Theatre Foundation and the Mountain City Center for the Arts in Frostburg. The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theater arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none. Schools are chosen through an application process and receive materials, budget and training support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining. (Times-News)

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Baltimore teacher has forgiven student who struck her, union says

A Frederick Douglass High School teacher has forgiven the student who struck her across the face Wednesday, the Baltimore teachers’ union president said. The teacher had just returned from a leave of absence and was spending her first day back in the classroom Wednesday when the incident with the student occurred, said Baltimore Teachers Union president Marietta English. The moment was captured in a viral video this week. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael: Washington County Public Schools’ Custodial reorganization might not happen

The proposed restructuring of Washington County Public Schools’ custodial staff might not happen, according to Superintendent Boyd Michael. Michael said Thursday that the custodial reorganization, which was announced to staff members in the spring, is still being studied for potential cost savings and efficiency gains. “It may or may not happen,” Michael said. “It’s at least six months out, if it happens at all.” (Herald-Mail)

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November 9 // Baltimore County school board will seek clarification on superintendent hiring authority

The Baltimore County school board voted 8-4 on Tuesday night to challenge the state superintendent’s authority to block the hiring of Verletta White as the next county school leader. In one of its last meetings before a newly elected board is seated in December, the school board is asking the Maryland State School Board to interpret the legal language in state law. (Balt. Sun)

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Wicomico County votes for Board of Education for first time: results

In a historic moment for Wicomico County, residents elected its Wicomico County Board of Education members for the first time Tuesday. The change was established after voters in November 2016's election supported an all-elected school board with one member elected from each of the five Wicomico County Council districts and two members elected at-large. The change began with the Nov. 6 midterm elections. (Daily Times)

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A closer look at MCPS superintendent’s proposed fiscal 2020 capital budget, CIP amendments

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) superintendent recently rolled out his capital budget for fiscal 2020 and amendments to the capital improvements plan (CIP) for fiscal years 2019-2024 that aim to tackle intensifying overcrowding problems in county schools, including the possibility of reopening Woodward High School. Shaped by the pressures of an ever-increasing student population and the need for upgrades at aging facilities, Superintendent Jack Smith’s proposal includes options for reopening Woodward High School in Rockville for use by 2025, as well as a capacity study for all elementary schools in the Walter Johnson (WJ) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) clusters to address overcrowding. (Bethesda)

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Worcester County approves school system’s capital project plan

Education officials put an emphasis on the lack of state funding Worcester County’s school system receives as they presented capital plans to the Worcester County Commissioners this week. On Wednesday, the Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved the school system’s capital improvement program (CIP) but not before questioning the level of state funding Worcester County Public Schools received. School system officials confirmed that the county received just a fraction of the state aid other counties received. (Dispatch)

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