Grange honored for boosting breakfast program

We've all heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” At Grange Elementary School, however, it's not just a motto — it's a mission. To that end, members of the school community celebrated last Wednesday as the school was named a district-level winner in No Kid Hungry's 2017 Maryland Breakfast Challenge. Part of the larger Share our Strength nonprofit, the mission of No Kid Hungry is to put an end to childhood hunger. (Dundalk Eagle)

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Maryland high schools rank as the best in the country, U.S. News says

Maryland high schools are the best in the nation, with four ranking among the top 150 in the country, according to a new list from U.S. News & World Report. The list, published Tuesday morning, ranks more than 2,600 high schools across the country based on state high school proficiency tests, disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests, graduation rate, and then Advanced Placement test data. On a state-by-state level, U.S. News said Maryland schools performed best by their measures, with 5.9 percent of the public schools achieving “Gold Medal” status and 21.6 percent achieving “Silver Medal” status. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Spring breaks next year will shrink to comply with Hogan Labor Day order

The week-long spring break that Maryland schoolchildren just enjoyed will be much shorter next year in some counties. Several school systems in the state have shortened their 2018 spring breaks to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order mandating that the school year start after Labor Day and end by June 15. In Anne Arundel County, education administrators had to rework 10 days on the calendar for the next school year to meet the new requirements. They sliced the number of days built into the schedule for snow day closures from five to three, and added four days to the end of the school year. Winter break will be one day shorter and spring break will go from six business days to three. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard board, superintendent in legal battle as they run county school system

A new majority took over the Howard County school board in December and passed sweeping measures to assert its authority over superintendent Renee Foose. In response, she sued them. Now the superintendent and school board are locked in a costly power struggle with dueling accusations and no lack of recrimination. The internal strife threatens to disrupt Maryland's sixth-largest school system, a district with 76 schools and 55,000 students that consistently ranks among the best in the nation. (Balt. Sun)

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Worcester vows to close testing, teacher diversity gaps

In the early days as superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools, Lou Taylor vowed to be a voice for the kids, regardless of race or gender. Taylor has served 33 years in the district, most recently as chief operating officer before being selected as superintendent in late September, stepping into office on Nov. 1. While Taylor consistently echoes his dedication to the district and his home county, he admits his work is cut out for him, particularly in the realms of diversity. Worcester County Public Schools face poor diversity in teaching staff and a large racial disparity in passing rates for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Careers and College testing. (Daily Times)

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County Council weighs more than $250 million slated for public schools funding

 

The proposed cash contribution from Frederick County government to Frederick County’s public schools has crossed a quarter-billion dollars for the first time — and the County Council will decide whether to keep it there. The council held a hearing on Monday night to take public comment on the proposed education operating and capital budget plans from County Executive Jan Gardner (D). (News-Post)

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Nutrition & Fitness Day at Frederick Douglass High School Hosted by Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and UnitedHealthcare

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia will kick-off the second annual Team8 Tour with a two-day stop in Baltimore April 25 – 26. The visit will be themed around addressing the community’s need for healthier food options and urban agriculture in a food desert. Volunteers will begin working to rebuild the school’s community garden, fitness facility and various upgrades throughout the school on Tuesday, April 25. (CBS)

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Fifth-graders get behind-the-scenes look at court system in mock trial

A jury sat waiting to hear opening arguments in Carroll County Circuit Court's Courtroom 10. The case was that of theft and second-degree burglary, the state alleging Otto Slugworth broke into a chocolate factory, stealing money, golden tickets and the recipe for a new candy while he was there. But, unlike other cases heard in Circuit Court, the jury consisted of fifth-graders from the Gifted and Talented English language arts programs at Freedom, Linton Springs, Mount Airy and Winfield elementary schools, who served in many of the other courtroom roles, too. The students were visiting the court system Monday and participated in a mock trial. (Carr. Co. Times)

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