Audit of Rockville school finds ‘weaknesses’

Almost every area scrutinized in an audit of Rock Terrace School’s independent activity fund contained weaknesses in its management, school officials said. “It was hard to tell from the audit how many things the school did right,” said Philip Kauffman, vice president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The Rockville school serves developmentally delayed students, and parents alleged last summer that school staff misappropriated money students earned in a work-study program. (Gazette)

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State to hold forum in Baltimore County on new curriculum

The Maryland State Department of Education will hold a public forum to explain to parents and the general public the new Common Core standards, an education reform being introduced into classrooms this year. The forum for the Baltimore area will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Ridge Ruxton School, 6916 Charles Street, Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll commissioner forms Common Core study group

Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard announced Tuesday the formation of a citizen study group that will examine concerns and the impact of the Common Core curriculum on the county's students. (Patuxent)

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Severna Park got the new school, but campaign for Crofton continues

County Council Chairman Jerry Walker is on the campaign trail for his 2014 re-election bid, and he’s finding plenty of evidence that supporters of a Crofton high school are getting to voters first. (Capital)

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Once cut from high school team for hearing disability, Christos Nicholas finds calling as Poolesville soccer coach

Christos Nicholas watched in silence as his Poolesville boys’ soccer team made a desperate push on the far end of the field Monday night. It was late in the second half with his team down a goal to Magruder, and Nicholas was transfixed by the game, 60 yards away. While the opposing coach’s voice boomed instructions across the field, Nicholas remained quiet. He doesn’t have the same luxury. (Wash. Post)

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Sept. 18 // Montgomery County officials contend school system gets shortchanged by the state

The matter before the Montgomery County Council’s Education Committee was largely procedural, but elected officials did not miss the chance to press a perennial concern: The state, they argue, shortchanges the school system on funding. “The state clearly is not ponying up what we believe we have coming to us,” said County Council Member Valerie Ervin (D-Eastern County), education committee chair, at a meeting where members approved two state grants worth $1.2 million. (Wash. Post)

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Despite controversy, most Harford school athletes have paid to play

Despite the ongoing public controversy about it, Harford County's $50 pay-to-play fee to participate in athletics is having little apparent impact on the players themselves. According to a public schools spokesperson, there are 3,050 students on the rosters for fall interscholastic sports, and the fees have been paid, or waivers have been approved, for 99.4 percent of those student athletes. (Aegis)

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Coalition wants Montgomery County schools to close on Muslim holidays

A coalition of local Muslims and others are urging Montgomery County Public Schools to close on two holidays, which the coalition’s co-chair, Saqib Ali, framed as a civil rights issue. Besides an amended county school system calendar, the Equality for Eid Coalition — sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations — wants students and staff members to skip school on Oct. 15 and instead celebrate Eid al-Adha. (Gazette)

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