Millennials join the school board, not long after high school

The millennial generation has arrived in school board politics. Maybe not in great numbers, and not everywhere. But surely in one Maryland school system, where millennials once again make up a majority of elected board members. In Prince George’s County, five of nine elected members are in their 20s. All grew up in the county and graduated from its schools. They don’t have children,but they say they are deeply connected to the classrooms they once learned in. Several have been among the board’s most outspoken members. (Wash. Post)

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How the Kirwan Commission report could affect Anne Arundel County

A looming $4.4 billion recommended spending increase on education in Maryland means Anne Arundel County could see increases in teacher raises and prekindergarten funding, but state and local lawmakers will be bending budgets to meet those demands. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education met Thursday to debate a $4.4 billion increase in public education spending. The commission — nicknamed the Kirwan Commission for its chair William “Brit” Kirwan — was created in 2016 after a report showed Maryland schools were underfunded by about $2.9 billion. (Capital)

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Hopkins president sets out to garner community support for a university police force

Clipboard in hand, the president of Johns Hopkins knocked on rowhouse doors in East Baltimore on Saturday to hear how residents feel about the university’s revived plan to establish a police force for its three city campuses, including the vast medical complex several blocks to the south. “I’m Ron Daniels, the president of Johns Hopkins,” he said as he and members of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, the influential coalition of churches and community groups, approached homeowners along the 1400 block of N. Eden St. Other BUILD members conducted surveys nearby — an effort to measure local sentiment about a Hopkins police force, something that community leaders said the university should have done when it first raised the idea. (Balt. Sun)

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School board president narrowly keeps seat after members reconsider voting policy

A contentious, hour-long discussion at last Wednesday’s school board meeting roused concerns about an outdated policy that governs officer elections, and nearly unseated the board’s president. Julie Hummer almost lost her seat after District 33 member Eric Grannon called upon the board to bypass board policy and elect a new president. Board policy states that new officers — the president and vice president — are elected every July. (Capital)

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St. John Regional Catholic School aims to double Hispanic enrollment

Belen Evans’ husband is American and was also raised Catholic like her, but she said she sometimes still finds herself in religious conversations saying, “That’s not how I do it in my country!” She is a Spanish-speaking parent at St. John, where students celebrated the Feast of Guadalupe for the first time this week at the school during its Friday Mass — a chance, she said, for Frederick’s growing Hispanic population to see the true diversity of believers and cultures within the Catholic faith. (News-Post)

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In final capacity report, Sage Policy to recommend new Towson, Lansdowne High Schools

In a long-anticipated final report, consultant Sage Policy Group will recommend to the Baltimore County Board of Education that the county construct new buildings for Lansdowne and Towson high schools to address capacity and facilities’ shortfalls. The recommendations come after a months-long study of projected overcrowding in county high schools, which are expected to have a 1,700-seat shortfall in the next decade. The study included multiple public meetings and weighed costs and community preferences in its analysis. (Balt. Sun)

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In state star ratings, Lansdowne and Woodlawn high schools fall behind Catonsville

A statewide rating system for public schools produced mixed results for the southwestern part of Baltimore County when the rankings were published Tuesday. Western School of Technology & Environmental Sciences, a public magnet school, was given a five-star rating and Catonsville High earned four stars, while on the other end of the spectrum, Lansdowne and Woodlawn high each received two stars. Principal Matt Hornbeck rarely interrupts the school day to make announcements over the intercom. He doesn’t want to be a distraction during students’ time to learn. (Balt. Sun)

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30 adenovirus cases confirmed at University of Maryland; at least eight hospitalized

At least 30 cases of adenovirus had been confirmed at the University of Maryland, College Park as of Wednesday, according to the university. The virus, which led to the death of a freshman in November, has hospitalized at least eight people, according to information from the University Health Center. The university plans to deep-clean frequently touched surfaces in dorms during students’ winter break to combat the spread of the virus, including disinfecting doorknobs, desks, dressers, counters, light switches, faucets and bed frames. (Balt. Sun)

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