Anne Arundel students call on school officials, political leaders to address safety improvements

Mackenzie Boughey doesn’t want her school to resemble a jail. But she said something needs to change — and fast. The rising junior at Severn School has organized a roundtable discussion with state and local officials on Wednesday about improving school safety and gun reform. The discussion will focus on three areas: who should oversee and fund school safety changes, what specific safety measures should be made and the need for “common sense gun safety.” (Capital)

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BOE: Removing superintendent not easy task

Officials with the Allegany County Board of Educations said Tuesday that anyone wishing to potentially remove a superintendent of schools will find it is not an easy task. BOE President Sara-Beth Bittinger and board member Laurie Marchini, who are not seeking re-election after serving two terms, addressed current Superintendent of Schools David Cox's future at Tuesday's regular board meeting at the Central Office. (Times-News)

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Educators spend free day learning to prevent disruptive behavior

The back-to-school season is ramping up in earnest this week with the publication of bus schedules and the advent of tax-free week in Maryland. For teachers, it’s one of the last weeks to take vacation. Still, nearly 200 Carroll County Public Schools counselors, educators, psychologists and administrators were gathered at the Best Western in Westminster for a professional development day focused on students with some of the toughest challenges, said Supervisor of School Counseling Judy Klinger. (Carr. Co. Times)

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August 14 // Baltimore’s area colleges and universities help drive economic growth

Baltimore’s colleges and universities are driving more than just the careers of their students. They’re driving economic growth for the whole region. Area higher education institutions are outperforming schools all over the country—Johns Hopkins University, for instance, is ranked the 10th best university in the nation and the United States Naval Academy is the country’s 5th best liberal arts school, according to current rankings by Center for World University Rankings. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Board member hopes committee will bring greater focus to issues for minority students

A recent Board of Education presentation on race-based issues at Frederick County Public Schools got personal. Board member Mike Bunitsky presented the idea on Wednesday of creating a Minority Affairs Committee, or group of parents, stakeholders and educators, to tackle challenges the district faces in achieving equality for its students and closing the achievement gap. The committee would present recommendations to the mostly white school board. (News-Post)

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Lead testing still needs to be done at more than 90 Anne Arundel County schools

Anne Arundel County Public School officials have released water testing results for 33 schools, but more than 90 schools won’t be tested for lead until next year — raising questions about water safety. The school system had until July 1 to test water in all of its schools, according to a state law adopted in 2017. But Maryland Department of the Environment approved waivers permitting the school district to delay the deadline for 93 schools until July 1, 2019, said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman. (Capital)

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Lessons learned: St. Mary's officials discuss response to Great Mills shooting at school safety conference

James Scott Smith says he remembers every moment of March 20, the longest and worst day of his life. The St. Mary’s County Schools superintendent remembers what he was wearing — a gray suit with a blue tie. And he remembers how horrifying it was to learn that one of his campuses — Great Mills High — had been added to the long list of deadly school shooting sites. Using their grim recollections of the day, Smith and other county leaders walked officials from across the state through how they responded to the Great Mills shooting. The presentation was part of Monday’s Maryland Center for School Safety Summer Conference, attended by Gov. Larry Hogan, state Superintendent Karen Salmon, police officers and officials in other local school systems. (Balt. Sun)

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MedChi Urges University Of Maryland To Require Meningitis B Vaccination

The Maryland State Medical Society MedChi is urging the University of Maryland to require a meningitis B vaccination for incoming students.  "Meningitis B is a life-threatening condition, and college campuses provide an ideal setting for an outbreak because the disease spreads quickly in dormitories, class rooms, and other close-quarters conditions," MedChi CEO Gene Ransom said in a news release. (WBAL)

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