Pilot program closing down 3 Head Start centers

Two Baltimore Head Start centers and one Early Head Start center will close as of June 30, but city officials say it's actually a good thing. After digging into the issue, we learned that Baltimore is one of five cities in the nation chosen to be a part of an early childhood education pilot program. As a result, St. Bernadine's and Morgan State University's Head Start centers will close, as will Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Early Head Start center. But Baltimore Head Start Executive Director Shannon Burroughs-Campbell stressed that no children will lose services and the children served at those centers will be shifted to other programs. (WMAR-TV)

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Countywide Clean Green Litter 15 Challenge will benefit schools

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance launched a countywide anti-litter and clean-up campaign on Thursday at Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School. To start off the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the two officials led some 300 kindergarten through third-grade students, most clad in varying shades of green T-shirts, in rousing choruses of the campaign's mantra, "Don't Drop It! Don't Drop It! Pick It Up!" the kids emphasizing the rhythm with hand claps and arm waves. (Balt. Sun)

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Washington County Public Schools chief earns Outstanding Leader Award

Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, has been named an outstanding leader by the International Society for Technology in Education. The society’s 2014 Outstanding Leader Award to be presented to Wilcox recognizes a leader outside of the classroom for “outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education,” according to the society’s website at www.ISTE.org. (Herald-Mail)

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Carrolltowne Elementary teacher named county's best

Nicole Heinlein, a third-grade teacher at Carrolltowne Elementary School, was named Carroll County 2014 Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education's employee recognition ceremony on May 6. Accolades are nothing new for Heinlein, who has been teaching at Carrolltowne Elementary since 2009. She was recognized in 2012 and again in 2014 as a Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Teacher. (Balt. Sun)

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Wise High junior elected to Prince George’s Board of Education

Jeffrey Taylor, a junior at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, will serve as the newest student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Taylor, 17, was recently elected to the post by members of the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments. Taylor, who is president of his school’s student government association, currently serves as PGRASG’s treasurer. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland Green Schools program recognizes three WCPS schools

Three Washington County elementary schools have been recognized as members of the Maryland Green Schools Program, according to the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Fountaindale and Rockland Woods elementary schools are among 56 schools that were certified for the first time, while Clear Spring Elementary School was among 73 schools retained through the program’s recertification process, an association news release said. (Herald-Mail)

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Howard Co. grooming future leaders early

Howard County school officials have found a way to grow their own future student leaders by starting in elementary school. For more than a decade, a select group of Howard County elementary school students, those with leadership potential, have been taking a field trip of sorts that's apparently paying off in later years. Close to 500 of the county's fourth- and fifth-grade students listened to a motivational speaker Thursday at a Columbia church, where they showed up to pick up knowledge about leadership. (WJZ-TV)

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May 8 // Anne Arundel school board names Arlotto new superintendent

Anne Arundel County school officials conducted a national search that yielded more than 50 candidates to become the system's next superintendent, but it turned out the person for the job was already in the building. George Arlotto, 50, the system's current chief of staff and a former principal in Montgomery County, was appointed Wednesday by the Anne Arundel school board as superintendent of the state's fifth-largest school district and the county's second-largest employer. The move is pending agreement on a four-year contract, school officials said. Board President Teresa Milio Birge said the system won't comment on details of the pact, including Arlotto's salary, while negotiations are underway. (Balt. Sun)

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