FSK gym named for longtime administrator Louis V. Beard

With three generations of his family in attendance, the gymnasium at Francis Scott Key High School was dedicated in honor of longtime administrator Louis V. Beard during halftime at a home girls basketball game Friday evening. “As you enter this gym and see his name displayed, perhaps we can all remember to follow the morals my father stood for: to be respectful to people, to be kind to people and to help people,” said Darnella Cornick, Beard’s daughter, before the dedication. (Carr. Co. Times)

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New Washington County Public Schools assessment committee begins work

A new Washington County Public Schools committee examining student testing time started its work Thursday. In its first meeting, the District Committee on Assessment reviewed all tests currently administered or available to county students. It also talked about how each affects time spent on testing during the school year. The panel was formed in December in response to the Maryland "More Learning, Less Testing Act," which limits the time school districts can spend on testing. (Herald-Mail)

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Student homelessness on the rise in Washington County

After doubling over the past six years, the number of homeless students in Washington County Public Schools is projected to surge to another all-time high by the end of the current school year, according to district officials. As of early February, the school system had about 600 students classified as "students in transition," meaning they were without stable housing at one point this year. But projections show that by the end of this year, that figure could grow to around 875 students — the highest total since the district began tracking homeless students in 2006, officials said Wednesday. (Herald-Mail)

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Student artwork goes on display, then up for sale, for Maryland SPCA donations

Landry Neal’s papier-mache dog, Blue, has zany pipe cleaner spirals for eyes and spots. But the artist included some true-to-life touches from its inspiration: a bright green tennis ball in the dog’s mouth, and a big, wagging tongue. “I tried to make it abstract,” said Landry, a seventh-grader at Perry Hall Middle School. Displays featuring cats and dogs of every color, variety and medium filled one wing of the White Marsh Mall during the fifth annual Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kindness for Paws Art Show and Sale. (Balt. Sun)

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February 9 // Parents: Prince George's Co. grading scandal extends to younger kids

Three months after a state audit found Prince George's County school officials were tampering with grades on a high school level, a group of parents told WUSA9, the scandal may go much deeper. Multiple parents, who have students at all different middle and elementary school in Prince George's County, say this is happening at the lower levels as well. They believe grade tampering is widespread in the district, beginning at the elementary and middle school level. (WUSA9)

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Bill would jettison CEO title, restore superintendent to Baltimore school system

Twenty-one years ago, Maryland lawmakers decided they wanted the beleaguered Baltimore school system to conduct itself more like a business and less like an educational bureaucracy. As a symbol of that intent, and as part of a sweeping package of reforms, the General Assembly decreed that the system’s top official would cease being a superintendent and be reborn as a chief executive officer. Now, several Baltimore lawmakers want to turn back the clock and junk the chief executive title. If the bill were to pass, CEO Sonja Santelises would become a superintendent much like the leaders of Maryland’s 23 county school systems on July 1. (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Kagan scolds state school board veep for disparaging students

A Democratic senator scolded the Republican vice president of the state school board for his choice of words at an Annapolis hearing Wednesday when describing what he called Maryland’s low-ranking accountability standard used to measure student academic achievement. Chester Finn, vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education, said legislation approved by the state legislature last year placed Maryland “in the cellar” in terms of how U.S. schools rate student academic outcomes, which makes Maryland “second lowest” in the country. (Md. Reporter)

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Johns Hopkins University to discontinue public safety leadership program

A Johns Hopkins University program that trained public safety officials in leadership and management is being discontinued, school administrators said. The Division of Public Safety Leadership, run out of Hopkins’ School of Education and comprised of four degree programs, accepted its last cohort of students in January. Dean Christopher C. Morphew anticipates the final group of students will finish their programs no later than December 2019. (Balt. Sun)

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