MCPS review reveals elevated lead levels in water at 86 schools

After a countywide review of school water, elevated lead levels were detected in water outlets at 86 Montgomery County public schools. Water stations with high-level readings were immediately taken out of commission as the school system has worked through testing since winter, but 153 of the 238 outlets with elevated lead levels had been accessible to students, according to district data finalized last week. (Bethesda)

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Washington County school board policies on controversial issues, student retention approved

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday formally approved policy updates concerning teaching controversial issues and the advancement and retention of students. The policy about teaching controversial issues was passed 5-0. Board members Jacqueline Fischer and Stan Stouffer were absent. Board member Wayne Ridenour, who previously expressed vague concerns about the possible narrow focus of the policy, said he would still support passing the policy, with some reservations. (Herald-Mail)

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Many unknowns remain as North Carroll community, county leaders begin digging into charter school proposal

The possibility of a charter school in the former North Carroll High School building — a plan proposed last month by a county commissioner turned Board of Education candidate — continues to be contemplated by county leaders and community members alike, with steps beginning to be taken, though numerous questions still remain. Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, who is one of six candidates running for a seat on the county school board, called a community meeting at the end of July to propose an idea to try to use the former school as a charter school. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Commissioners approve Showell School project bids

Construction of the new Showell Elementary School is set to begin in October following bid approval this week. The Worcester County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve bids totaling $39 million for the construction of a new Showell Elementary School on Tuesday. “Our plan is to begin construction on or about October 1 and open the new school in September of 2020,” Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said. (Dispatch)

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Montgomery County is home to some of the top private schools in the state

Three schools in Bethesda are among the top ten private high schools in the state, according to a new online ranking. Holton-Arms School, a Bethesda college-preparatory school for girls, is the best private high school in Maryland, according to Niche, a data website that creates national rankings of schools, colleges and neighborhoods. (Bethesda)

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Teachers honored at 3rd annual Heart of the School Awards

Five Baltimore-area principals were named winners of the Heart of the School Award during the third annual awards presentation ceremony May 21 at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore. The event convenes the local education community to celebrate the tireless work and exemplary leadership of all principals in Baltimore schools. (Daily Record)

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August 8 // Md. students graduated with more debt in 2017 than 2016

Students that graduate with debt in Maryland continue to see the amount of debt they carry after graduation rise, a report released Wednesday found. Maryland college students with loans in the class of 2017 graduated with an average of $28,844, an increase of nearly 6 percent from the class of 2016. The report from LendEDU found 26 percent of Maryland college students graduated with debt last year. Students graduating from Stevenson University carried the most debt. Close to 76 percent of Stevenson students graduated with debt, averaging $37,000. (Daily Record)

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Free School Supplies Offered To Baltimore Co. Public Schools Teachers

Good news for educators: Baltimore County Public Schools teachers can register to receive free school supplies for their students starting Aug. 10. Teachers are asked to register for 20-minute slots via Eventbrite. A link to the Eventbrite page will launch at 8 a.m. Friday and will be accessible from the homepage of the BCPS website. Teachers must show proof that they are BCPS employees with either school identification cards or new hire letters to enter the distribution site. (WJZ-CBS)

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