Kathleen Causey elected chair of Baltimore County school board

Baltimore County’s newly partially elected school board voted Tuesday night to give leadership positions to two board members who have been highly critical of the current administration. Kathleen Causey, representing the Hereford area, was unanimously elected the chair of the board and Julie Henn was elected vice chair. The vote came as the first action of a hybrid board that was sworn in just a week ago. Four of the 12 members on the board, including Causey and Henn, are continuing on the board after being elected by voters in November or appointed by the governor. (Balt. Sun)

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WCPS SAT scores stay comparable to state, above national averages

On average, Washington County Public Schools' graduating students scored slightly higher than their peers around the state and country on the 2018 SAT. The district's numbers were presented Tuesday night to the Board of Education, nearly 50 days after the College Board sent the scores to county school systems Oct. 25. The delay, according to Superintendent Boyd Michael, was due to unfortunate timing that made Tuesday the first meeting when the analysis would be ready for public release. (Herald-Mail)

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School bus safety remains top priority for Harford County Public Schools

School bus safety is the number one priority of the Harford County Public Schools Transportation Department, which has a collaborative relationship with local and state law enforcement agencies to ensure students and bus drivers remain safe. The HCPS Transportation Department is especially focused on “Red Light Runners,” drivers who pass a school bus illegally while the red lights of the bus are activated. More drivers in Maryland blew by stopped school buses this spring compared with 2017, according to a new report from the state education department. (Aegis)

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Towson University names new provost after national search

Towson University named its new executive vice president and provost Tuesday morning, ending a months-long national search that began in May. Melanie Perreault of Buffalo State College is set to begin her tenure as Towson University’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs on Feb. 18, 2019, according to a campus announcement. Perreault has been provost at The State University of New York, Buffalo, since 2015. Prior to that, she was associate provost at Salisbury University. (Balt. Sun)

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FBI Baltimore welcomes special needs students

With a little bit of hard work and a budding relationship between the FBI field office in Baltimore and a high school in Brunswick, ten teens were allowed access behind the office's walls. "We love exploring our community. I think it's really important to see what's out there in our world and to get students with disabilities accustomed to the world outside and for people to see and get a different perspective for kids with disabilities as well," Cathleen Rumble, Learning for Life at Brunswick High School. (WMAR)

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December 11 // Baltimore school gets new heating system with state funds

New Era Academy in Cherry Hill will not have to worry about the cold winter this year thanks to funding from the state. In January 2018, the Mayland Department of General Services was told to oversee the disbursement of $2.5 million from the state's Catastrophic Event Account to help Baltimore schools with their heating issues. Last year a photo went viral of students sitting inside of a city school with full winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves on because it was so cold inside of their school. (WMAR-TV)

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Howard schools score well in state's new star rating system, but officials say focus remains on student needs

Most Howard County schools received high scores in the state’s new star education rankings, but officials with the school system say their analysis of the rating isn’t focused on the number of stars, but rather on the factors that helped the school succeed — and where improvements can still be made. “The rating means less to us, because every school has a story and every school needs support so those schools can grow,” said Bill Barnes, the system’s chief academic officer. (Ho. Co. Times)

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School funding formulas remain a concern for Montgomery officials

A $4.4 billion increase in Maryland education funding over a decade is good news for Montgomery County, elected officials say. But they agree that the extent of the benefits won’t be determined until the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education determines the formula by which that money will be divided among the state’s 24 public school systems. The 25-member commission, also called the Kirwan Commission after William E. Kirwan, chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland, met Thursday in Annapolis and agreed on the $4.4 billion amount, which is to be phased in by 2030. The increase will mainly fund expanded pre-kindergarten programs for low-income students and teacher pay increases. (Bethesda)

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