Student Performance Lags On Nation’s Report Card

America’s eighth graders are falling behind in math and reading, while fourth graders are doing slightly better in reading. That’s according to the latest results from the Nation’s Report Card. There were exceptions to the findings, which also showed declines among fourth graders in math. (AP)

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Reading Partners Aim To Help Hundreds Of West Baltimore Kids With Literacy Skills

Kids in west Baltimore are getting a lesson that will they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Thanks to a non-profit organization, and a group of dedicated volunteers, the kids are learning and experiencing the value of reading through a whole new set of eyes and ears. Inside the Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy, a sweet young reading tutor at the age of 73 is drafting experience with readers of all ages. (WJZ-TV)

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UMD says it’s has high hopes for the Cool Food Pledge

University of Maryland was the first university to join the Cool Food Pledge, an initiative that requires organizations to reduce their food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030. The university announced on Aug. 26 that it would cut down these greenhouse gases by changing the ways in which the Department of Dining Services sources, handles and serves food. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Teacher of the Year calls job ‘the intersection of my passion and my purpose’

A third-grade teacher from Anne Arundel County credited with forging strong connections with students and colleagues has been named the 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Teresa Beilstein, a teacher at South Shore Elementary School in Crownsville, won the top honor Friday night, with state officials announcing her selection at a crowded gala in Baltimore. She edged out six other finalists. Taking the stage, she described teaching as a calling. (Wash. Post)

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Police, school system investigate possible threat at North County High

Anne Arundel County police and the school system continue to investigate a possible threat made online at North County High School, school officials said. School system officials said there is nothing to indicate it is a credible threat but as a precaution additional police were present. The school opened on time as the school system and county police worked to get more information. (Balt. Sun)

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U-Md. installs sensors to monitor moisture a year after mold infestation

As students at the University of Maryland’s flagship campus made their way back to school for the fall semester, officials installed 50 sensors to monitor moisture and humidity in a dozen buildings. The move followed a tumultuous year at the College Park campus. Last fall, sprouting mold and an adenovirus outbreak engulfed the school in controversy. (Wash. Post)

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‘A battle for the soul of Maryland’: Baltimore education advocates gear up for Kirwan funding fight

Education advocates packed an elementary school auditorium Thursday night to gear up for what they see as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revamp the way Maryland funds its public schools and ensure that every child receives a quality education. The state’s Kirwan commission has put forward a $4 billion education funding proposal that would increase teacher salaries, bring in more counselors, improve career preparation programs, give extra support to schools serving children who live in poverty and expand free, full-day prekindergarten. (Wash. Post)

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MCPS Superintendent Unveils $1.82 Billion Construction Plan

Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jack Smith on Friday released his vision for school construction and infrastructure improvements over the next five years. His long-range plan totals $1.82 billion and includes nine new projects. The school district’s capital improvements program (CIP) for fiscal years 2021-2026 was previously approved, but each year, the school board can adjust the plan. Smith’s recommended CIP represents a $74.2 million increase over what has previously been approved. (Bethesda)

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