Program aimed at Washington Co. students who need literacy help

A new program at Pangborn and Paramount elementary schools is looking to close literacy gaps with some of Washington County's youngest students. Called Super Readers, the mentoring program matches volunteers with kindergarten and first-graders who need extra help getting up to speed with their reading skills. Around 25 volunteers took part in training Monday and Tuesday, according to WCPS Education Foundation Executive Director Christina Williams. (Herald-Mail)

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WCPS officials: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate testing up

A record number of Washington County Public Schools' advanced placement students passed certain tests during the last school year. According to Peggy Pugh, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Williamsport High School had some notable progress, including a psychology pass rate of 100 percent and a statistics pass rate of 92.3 percent. Pugh and Supervisor of Testing and Accountability Maureen Margevich presented the most current results of AP and International Baccalaureate testing to the Board of Education on Tuesday. (Herald-Mail)

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In-school suspensions down; out-of-school suspensions up

Fewer Washington County Public Schools students got in-school suspension during the last school year compared to the previous two years, but significantly more received out-of-school suspension during 2017-18. At Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, Rick Akers, executive director of secondary education and student services, and Jana Palmer, executive director of elementary education and counseling, presented the most current numbers. (Herald-Mail)

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East Baltimore school to open free barber and beauty shop for students

The National Academy Foundation Public School is celebrating the start of their first quarter back with the launch of their onsite barber and beauty shop. Opening on Thursday, September 20, the 6-12 grade school will have the shop available two days per week, providing no-charge grooming services to students who lack access to regular hair care. (WJZ-TV)

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September 19 // Former Md. gubernatorial hopeful hired to school post after backing county leader

Onetime Maryland gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin was hired into a six-figure job with the Prince George’s County school system less than three months after she dropped out of the governor’s race and threw her support behind the county’s top leader. In the final stretch of the campaign, Ervin regularly stumped for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who was in a heated battle for the Democratic nomination. Baker hinted publicly that if he were elected, Ervin would join his administration. But Baker lost the June 26 primary. In August, Ervin was hired to a $133,200-a-year position as a special assistant in the school system’s Office of Employee and Labor Relations. (Wash. Post)

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U-Md. used a private company for a tornado warning. That can be problematic.

The University of Maryland’s decision to issue a tornado warning based on a private weather company’s guidance is sparking questions and scrutiny about the accuracy of forecasts and the firm’s role in public institutions. The tornado warning was issued Monday evening, an alert that triggered howling storm sirens on campus. The tornado warning for U-Md.' s campus in College Park was generated by AccuWeather, a private company that sells weather services, including tornado warnings. The National Weather Service had issued no such warning for College Park. (Wash. Post)

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Changes to bus routes, pick-up times become focus for Anne Arundel County school board candidates

Anne Arundel County school board candidates are responding to parent complaints about late pick-ups, skipped stops and half-empty school buses since this school year started. Since the county public schools announced 20 bus stop changes, introduced new arrival and departure times and rolled out mapping software designed to streamline bus services, school transportation has become a hot-button election issue. The school district in fiscal year 2016 put aside $800,000 to purchase transportation routing software to identify inefficiencies and make the county's network of buses more reliable, economical and safe. The software was implemented this fall. (Capital)

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How USM Chancellor Caret wants his leaders to handle campus crises

With two investigations into the athletic department underway at the University of Maryland, College Park and a lawsuit alleging the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has mishandled sexual assault investigations, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret has an important request of his presidents. “I don’t ever want to read about anything in the paper I don’t know about,” he said in an interview with The Daily Record. “Anything you think comes to the level of a legal issue, a PR issue, an audit issue or a political issue, make sure I know about it. Because I can jump in and help or I can warn people so that the board is aware.” (Daily Record)

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