Montgomery algebra failures mean some students have to bail on summer plans

The day of her son’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony in Montgomery County, Susan Townsend got word that the teen had failed his Algebra 1 final exam. She says she was surprised, since he is a good test-taker and had a B average over his first three marking periods. That same day, she said, she learned he needed to enroll in a summer session to get credit for his year-long course. The scrambled summer plans and disappointment also have come for others in Montgomery, where steep failure rates on countywide final exams in Algebra 1 have left people stunned. (Wash. Post)

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Carroll schools pledge better teacher-principal evaluations

Carroll County Public Schools have joined a host of other school districts across the state pledging to strengthen teacher-principal evaluations around student growth, but local school officials say the process creates an added workload for the short-staffed school district. Last month, CCPS joined the Maryland Department of Education and other state education associations in a memorandum of understanding to develop Student Learning Objectives, or SLOs, between teachers and principals, which will be included in teacher-principal evaluations. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Associate Washington County superintendent takes job in Frederick schools

Mike Markoe, an associate superintendent with Washington County Public Schools, is leaving to become deputy superintendent of the public school system he attended in Frederick County, Md., officials said. Markoe, whose last day with the local school system will be on July 31, said he will start his new job with Frederick County Public Schools on Aug. 1. (Herald-Mail)

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Agriculture Secretary Promotes Summer Meals In Baltimore

During the school year, the lunch line at Hamilton Elementary-Middle School flows smoothly. Good nutrition feeds their drive to learn and blocks obesity. Although school is out for the summer, the meals keep coming. “We set a goal, and the goal is to increase, overall, the number of meals nationally by 10 million,” said Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. That’s why Baltimore is boosting its summer program by 20 percent at more than 400 lunch rooms citywide. (WJZ-TV)

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Case of alleged student rape at Morgan State still open

The city police investigation into the alleged rape of a Morgan State University student earlier this year remains open, contrary to a report by the university last week. The U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into Morgan's handling of the reported sexual assault late last month amid heightened scrutiny of the way universities nationwide respond when students say they are raped. The federal investigations are nearly always the result of a formal complaint. (Balt. Sun)

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Smith School joins Forté network

The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, said it is one of half a dozen institutions named as 2014 sponsors of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of major corporations, business schools and nonprofit organizations that champions women for leadership roles in business. Smith and the other five schools officially joined the Forté community on July 1, bringing the total in the network to 48 member schools in the U.S., Canada and Europe. (Daily Record)

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Goucher, UMBC named 'Best Buys' in Fiske college guide

Goucher College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County were named "Best Buys" in the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges this week. The Fiske Guide recognized UMBC for its undergraduate research, internship and study abroad programs, as well as its entrepreneurship education and social science and arts areas of study. (Balt. Sun)

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Wicomico BOE appoints new assistant principal at Wi-Hi

The Wicomico County Board of Education appointed a new assistant principal for Wicomico High School as well as a new Director of Food Services. Former Dean of Students for Bennett Middle School David Miles will serve as a secondary assistant principal for Wicomico High School for the 2014-2015 school year. (Daily Times)

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