Teacher contracts talks stall in Howard County

Teacher contracts talks have stalled in Howard County. The district is blaming the teachers union, but the union said there's much more to the story. The stalemate takes place less than a month before the current deal expires. Howard County school teachers are among the best paid in the state and the region. The superintendent said she wants to keep it that way, but doubts the teachers union feels the same way. (WBAL-TV)

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Gerstell grad uses art to overcome adversity, change her school community

Even when donning her navy Gerstell Academy uniform blazer, crisp white Oxford shirt and pleated khaki skirt, Abigail Funk still finds a way to be an individual. When asked about a cluster of items on her blazer during an interview just a week before graduation, Funk pushed back her wavy brown hair to reveal a lapel full of buttons and pins. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Survey: Prescription drug use reaches one in four high-school seniors in Frederick County

Almost one in four 12th-graders in Frederick County reported using prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Adderall and Xanax without a doctor’s prescription in 2013, according to a statewide survey. The availability and accessibility of prescription drugs in teenagers’ homes is what may have led high-schoolers, particularly seniors, to use them, according to Cpl. Vincent Brown, assistant supervisor of the Frederick Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit.“They’re taking it out of Mom and Dad’s, Grandma’s, a friend’s medical cabinet and using it,” Brown said. “They get it in the house.” (News-Post)

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June 11 // Influential Baltimore political adviser named chair of USM chancellor search committee

An attorney once called the "political pope of Baltimore" will chair a search committee to find the next chancellor of the University System of Maryland, officials announced Tuesday. Rick O. Berndt, a managing partner of Gallagher Evelius and Jones LLP, a Baltimore law firm, will chair the 10-member search committee. Half of the search committee members are current or former members of the USM Board of Regents, including Berndt, a former regent. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery schools chief reverses course on proposal to change high school start times

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said Tuesday that he no longer supports moving forward with a long-discussed proposal to start high school classes nearly an hour later, an effort that was meant to allow bleary-eyed teenagers to get more sleep. Starr cited projected costs of more than $21 million and “mixed feedback” from the community in issuing a report and a recommendation that asks Montgomery’s school board to hold off on the changes he had proposed in October. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland Stadium Authority awards $6.3M contract for Baltimore schools overhaul

The Maryland Stadium Authority has selected a joint venture to perform management services for the massive $1.1 billion overhaul and construction of Baltimore City Public School buildings. Partners for Revitalization of Baltimore City Schools, a joint venture of McKissack & McKissack and Brailsford & Dunlavey, was awarded the nearly $6.3 million contract after a competitive bidding process. The Maryland Stadium Authority, which is overseeing the school construction project, said the group was both the lowest bidder and highest-technically ranked candidate. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Montgomery meetings on credit card practices now open

Montgomery County school board committee meetings that are expected to focus on the board’s credit card practices and expense reporting procedures will now be mostly open to the public. Montgomery Board of Education President Phil Kauffman said in an interview that a meeting scheduled for Thursday will include a 30-minute closed session for legal advice and then proceed as an open meeting at 11:30 a.m. (Wash. Post)

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Longtime Maryvale Prep English teacher retires after 34 years

Carol Malone has been molding minds for generations at Maryvale Preparatory School. At 67, she is retiring after 34 years teaching at the all-girls Catholic school in Towson, 30 as chairwoman of the English department. (Patuxent)

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