Washington County Public Schools-backed 'reportable offenses' bill advances

Local school officials want to know when students charged with “reportable offenses” in another jurisdiction are transferred to Washington County. Last year, legislation to require notification died in House and Senate committees. This year, the measure has crossed its first hurdle: surviving scrutiny by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Sen. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, sponsored the bill on behalf of Washington County Public Schools. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration. A companion bill in the House by Del. Paul Corderman, R-Washington, is scheduled for a hearing next week in the Judiciary Committee. (Herald Mail)

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Congress to fund D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program despite Trump cut

Congress has included $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program in its appropriations bills, despite the Trump administration having erased the program in its budget proposal. “I am grateful to our Democratic House and Senate appropriators and leadership, who were able to maintain our D.C. priorities in the bill, even though our members were in the minority when the bill was negotiated last year,” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s non-voting representative in Congress, said Thursday in a press release. (Wash. Times)

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Frederick Douglass High School struggles to return to normality after shooting

It’s been a week since the sound of gunfire punctured an ordinary afternoon at Frederick Douglass High School, but the community there says it will take more time before any sense of normality returns to the sprawling Northwest Baltimore building. Friday is expected to be the first full day back at school for Douglass teachers and students. Many remain shocked at the act of violence that unfolded there: A 25-year-old family member of a student came into the school and shot 56-year-old Michael Marks, a special education assistant, police say. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford County school board to discuss budget request Tuesday

The agenda for Tuesday night’s Harford County Board of Education meeting contains two items: public comment and budget discussion, both of which are likely to draw extensive comment. Harford Superintendent Sean Bulson has proposed the school system submit a $467.7 million operating budget to Harford County Executive Barry Glassman for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. His budget proposal includes a $10 million increase over this year’s budget as well as elimination of 179 instructional and administrative positions across the school system. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County Public Schools uses more than allotted snow days, adds 5 days to 2018-2019 school year

With Carroll County Public Schools having already used five inclement weather days this winter, after having allotted only four such days on the 2018-19 school calendar, the Carroll County Board of Education voted to add five days to the academic year to make sure the 180-day school year requirement is met. The decision was made after Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jonathan O’Neal told the board Wednesday night that it had a few options to handle the discrepancy in school days — and needed to make the decision as soon as possible. (Carroll County Times)

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Hopkins study: Baltimore students who commute through crime-ridden neighborhoods more likely to miss school

When a student must walk through crime-ridden streets on their way to school, it’s more likely that student will be absent, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers found that Baltimore students who commute through areas with double the average amount of crime are 6 percent more likely to miss school. Their findings point to yet another way the city’s unabating violence disrupts children’s educations. (Balt. Sun)

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AP test numbers are up in Howard County, but so are participation gaps among minority students

More Howard County high school students took Advanced Placement exams last year than in 2016, but demographic gaps between student groups that participate in the testing have widened. In the past two years, the number of exams taken by Howard students increased by nearly 800, from 10,541 in 2016 to 11,331 exams in 2018, according to data released by the school system Tuesday. However, the gap between the highest participating student group, Asian students, and the lowest participating student group, Black students, widened by nearly 2 percent over that period, from 33.5 percent to 35 percent. (Ho. Co. Times)

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‘Red for Ed’ coming to Maryland?

Educators from around the state are vowing to shut down the state capital next month in an effort to draw attention to their demands for raises and increased education funding. Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, the largest teachers union in the state, linked the March 11 rally to a larger national effort that has involved strikes and job actions across the country. Bost said teachers will seek an increase in pay in Maryland but said there would be no strike. (Daily Record)

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