Baltimore County school board hires firm to search for new superintendent

After months of little public discussion, the Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to hire a firm to do a national search for a new superintendent.The board used a piggyback contract to pick Ray and Associates, a firm known for handling searches for large school systems across the country, including a number in Maryland. The contract approved by the board would allow Ray and Associates to be paid up to $100,000 over the next several months. (Balt. Sun)

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Panel will work to strengthen bond between Frostburg and university

Frostburg City Council recently approved the creation of a Town and Gown Committee, which is designed to keep strong the partnership between the city and Frostburg State University. The committee will advise and make recommendations to the council about the relationship between FSU and the city. It will be charged with making recommendations to the city regarding programs and policies that limit off-campus student housing on non-student residents. The council began working to amend the city ordinance last spring so that the committee could be added. (Times-News)

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It’s ‘Black Lives Matter at School Week': Why that matters, and how classrooms are taking part

It speaks to our times that this year’s Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action starts when the Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, is under intense pressure to resign. The calls have followed revelations that his 1984 medical school yearbook page included a racist photo and that he had applied shoe polish to his face to imitate Michael Jackson in a 1984 dance contest. Black Lives Matter at School Week was started by teachers, parents and administrators who organize for racial justice in education and sponsor an annual week of action during the first week of February. (Wash. Post)

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In sex abuse case, Wicomico public schools counselor indicted on 31 charges

The Wicomico public schools guidance counselor arrested following allegations of misconduct with minors was indicted Monday on more than two dozen charges. Allen Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland now faces 31 total charges, including 10 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of sex abuse of a minor, 10 counts of child pornography filming a minor in a sex act and seven counts of third-degree sex offense. The Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center announced his initial arrest Jan. 12. (Salisbury)

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Carroll commissioners, school board meet to discuss budget requests

For the first time since the new Board of Carroll County Commissioners and Board of Education were seated, the two agencies held a joint work session Tuesday, Feb. 5. The two boards noted the tensions from the past and said the move would be the beginning of quarterly meetings to work on building trust and understanding between the two groups. “I think there’s been a very long history of our boards doing a lot of finger-pointing, a lot of contention,” said BOE President Donna Sivigny at the meeting, which was held at the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster. (Carroll County Times)

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Link to teacher named in Key School sex abuse report launches investigation at St. Albans in D.C.

A private school in Washington, D.C., has launched an investigation into “alleged adult misconduct” by teachers after one former member of the faculty was identified in a probe of sexual abuse at Key School. St. Albans School said in a statement sent to families Monday that the late Vaughan Keith was a teacher in the 1980s. Before that, he taught English and foreign languages at Key School but was “let go” in the late-1970s after a parent saw him holding hands with a student, according to a report made public by Key. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Teachers Protest Elimination Of Pay Raises At Board Meeting

It’s a fight for funding as teachers said Tuesday night that an $81 million budget cut would take away their cost of living and salary increases. It was a sea of red outside the Baltimore County Board of Education as dozens of county teachers and employees in five other unions stood in solidarity to fight for pay raises. “We need to make sure teachers are cared for as well as our students,” said fifth-grade teacher, Amanda Schmidt. Raises and other employee benefits were originally promised to them in the initial budget proposal.(WJZ-TV)

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Parents, teachers, students plead with Harford school board not to cut teachers, administrators

Great teachers who teach diverse classes are what motivate many students to go to school. Assistant principals help keep students safe while they’re there. Cutting any of them would be a detriment to a school system that has already suffered budget cuts over the last decade, parents, students and teachers told members of the Harford County Board of Education at a budget input session Monday night at the school system headquarters in Bel Air. The school board is considering Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean Bulson’s proposed $467.68 million operating budget proposal, which he submitted to the board Jan. 22. (Aegis)

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