Plaintiffs respond to request by UMBC police chief to dismiss claim against him in sex-assault lawsuit

Five women alleging a broad conspiracy by Baltimore County authorities and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to suppress reports of rape and sexual assault are asking the U.S. District Court to reject a motion by the campus police chief. In a court filing Friday, lawyers for the plaintiffs say Paul Dillon was part of a group of officials who “created the illusion that the assaults did not occur and ensured that they received minimal attention.” And so, Dillon’s attempt to have a claim against him in the class-action lawsuit dismissed should be denied, lawyers Rignal W. Baldwin V and Stephen C. Rigg wrote in the 16-page document. (Balt. Sun)

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Goucher College president stepping down in June

Goucher College's President José Antonio Bowen said on Friday in an email to students, faculty and staff that he will leave his post at the end of the academic year. Bowen became Goucher's 11th president in July 2014, making some some major changes in his time at the Towson liberal arts college, including launching a new video application process and eliminating math and physics majors. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lawsuit alleges Prince George’s school board candidate does not live in the district where he is running

Arun Puracken, a Prince George’s County school board candidate, was sued Friday by a woman alleging that he resides outside the district he is running to represent and has falsely claimed he lives in a Brandywine property that she owns. Rhonda Pugh, a Clinton resident, said Puracken listed his address as a house she owns when he filed for candidacy, even though she has “never received any payment” from him and they have no “relationship, business or personal,” according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Prince George’s Circuit Court. (Wash. Post)

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Howard schools will pursue specialty programs to address crowding

The Howard County school board has approved expanding several specialty academic programs in an effort to shift students from crowded high schools and avert the need for a broader redistricting. By moving students from crowded schools to those with space, and offering the programs as an enticement, the school system believes it can delay or avoid a more controversial redrawing of school attendance areas. (Ho. Co. Times)

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More counselors and social workers requested in Washington County schools

Washington County Public Schools employs one counselor for every 500 elementary school students. At the middle school level, there is one counselor for every 393 students, and one counselor for every 330 students in high school according to a presentation at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. The annual update on the system’s school counseling and social-work program followed three speakers during the meeting’s public comment section who advocated for more counselors at WCPS. Brian Brown, a senior at Washington County Technical High School, asked that the board consider adding more guidance counselors to ease the burden on teachers and help more students. (Herald-Mail)

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RSCC recommendations, Kirwan Commission topics of discussion between school board, delegation

An emphasis on local control and the importance of education funding were key topics for Carroll school board members as they met with the local delegation this week and discussed a number of issues from the potential outcomes of the Kirwan Commission to the Redistricting and School Closure Committee. The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education met with delegation members Wednesday for an annual sit-down that both organizations categorized as helpful and meaningful. (Carr. Co. Times)

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WCPS Board of Education candidates discuss bullying

Bullying in schools is always a hot topic among students, parents and school staff members alike. During the 2016-17 school year, Washington County Public Schools reported 240 bullying incidents involving 269 alleged victims. The numbers were higher than the year before, which reported 182 incidents with 197 alleged victims and 2014-15, where 229 incidents with 248 alleged victims were recorded. In a lead up to the Nov. 6 election, the four candidates for the three Board of Education seats were asked several questions relating to bullying and WCPS' handling of bullying incidents. (Herald-Mail)

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Frederick County Council to decide whether to fast-track three school construction projects

County Council members will decide next week whether to fast-track three school projects in the county. Frederick County Budget Director Rick Harcum said those three projects involve the design of a yet-to-be-named east-county area elementary school, design of an addition to a middle school, and a feasibility study for a modernization/addition to Brunswick High School. (News-Post)

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