Howard County students ask for later school start times at public hearing on school budget

Later school start times and screening to help detect reading disabilities were among ideas drawing comment Tuesday at a public hearing on the Howard County school system’s $1 billion proposed operating budget for the coming fiscal year. Superintendent Michael Martirano unveiled the proposed $998.4 million operating budget last month. The budget, 15.8 percent larger than last year’s, requests $722.9 million from the county, $257.8 million from the state and $17.1 million from additional sources. (Ho. Co. Times)

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More county schools may be near or over capacity after state recalculation

In Frederick County, accurate data is one of the challenges in responding to school crowding — and high-capacity schools in the county may be even more full than they seem. Due to outdated state-rated capacity calculations, Frederick County Public Schools is undergoing a countywide school capacity recalculation required by the Maryland State Department of Education. The recalculation could result in more schools nearing or going over capacity. (News-Post)

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Student drew swastika at Howard High School, officials say

Police and school officials in Howard County have identified a student involved in drawing a swastika and a phallic symbol in the snow at Howard High School over the weekend, according to Howard County police. School staff discovered the drawings in the snow on the field hockey field Tuesday morning and brushed the images away with a broom, according to school and police officials. Howard Principal Nick Novak wrote a letter to the community about the incident Tuesday saying that the student body had been addressed and encouraged to share information about suspects. (Ho. Co. Times)

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UMBC, other defendants seek dismissal of lawsuit over sexual assault investigations

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County called a lawsuit alleging the school, police and prosecutors improperly handle sexual assault investigations “long on outrage and short on concrete facts” in a motion to dismiss filed Monday. The lawsuit, filed in September, contends that UMBC and law enforcement have a pattern of failing to properly investigate and prosecute sexual assault allegations. After it was initially filed, three more women joined the potential class-action suit. (Daily Record)

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Anne Arundel schools to host community conversation in Pasadena about racist incidents

Anne Arundel County school officials seek the community’s help get to the bottom of a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents in the Chesapeake High School cluster. The school district on Thursday will host a community meeting designed to “work toward creating climates free of hate and bigotry,” according to a statement. The meeting will be held at Jacobsville Elementary School in Pasadena. “All Means All: Communities Cultivating Acceptance and Inclusion” will invite students, parents and school staff to talk about hate in the Pasadena community, including incidents at Chesapeake Bay Middle and Chesapeake High schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Furloughed feds flock to job fair at Montgomery Co. schools

They came professionally dressed, some with bulging portfolios, others with the simple color-coded folders provided by Montgomery County schools. And they were all looking for one thing: a job to fill as they wait for the partial government shutdown to end. Furloughed workers from the National Archives, the Justice Department and other federal employers sat Tuesday in a packed Montgomery County Public Schools office in Rockville, waiting for their names to be called for such opportunities as substitute classroom teacher, paraeducator and building maintenance staffer. (WTOP)

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New Program Links Love Of Orioles Baseball With STEM Education

The Baltimore Orioles are focusing on STEM education in Baltimore County. They launched a nationwide partnership to give students from K to 12 access to hands-on science lessons. The goal of this program is to use baseball-themed content to engage students in STEM education. Students at Deer Creek Middle School are getting a hands-on science lesson using Camden Yards soil and turf. “My job is to make sure this sand has all the nutrients it needs to survive,” said Nicole Sherry, Baltimore Orioles’ heads groundskeeper. (WJZ-TV)

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Budget review for next school year begins

The Kirwan Commission, which brings together representatives and lawmakers from across the state to review the findings of the Study of Adequacy of Funding for Education in Maryland, makes recommendations for improving education in Maryland through funding, policies, and resources that will prepare Maryland students “to meet the challenges of a changing global economy, to meet the State’s workforce needs, to be prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce, and to be successful citizens in the 21st century.” (Star Dem.)

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