Alsobrooks joins chorus calling for school chief's head

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) faced new pressure to jettison his handpicked education chief on Thursday, when a top ally called on him to seek the resignation of embattled Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin M. Maxwell. State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D), who hopes to succeed Baker atop county government, issued a carefully-worded statement in which she said, "I believe that we cannot get back to focusing children, educators and families and what they need from us.. until Dr. Maxwell is removed as CEO of our school system. So, I am calling on County Executive Baker to ask for Dr. Maxwell's resignation." (Md. Matters)

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Sheriff’s deputy who fired on Maryland school shooter is honored by governor

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday honored a Maryland deputy who fired on a student gunman during a school shooting in St. Mary’s County last month. On March 20, 17-year-old Austin Rollins wounded two classmates, one fatally, at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md. Armed with his father’s handgun, he fired one shot that mortally wounded 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, who had recently ended their relationship, and hit 14-year-old Desmond Barnes in the leg. (Wash. Post)

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Barry and Mary Gossett donate $21.25 million to Maryland for academic programs for athletes

Barry and Mary Gossett have made a $21.25 million donation to the University of Maryland for the development of the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence, which will be devoted to academic and postgraduate success of the school’s athletes, the university announced Thursday morning. Barry Gossett, who made a $10 million donation to help build the football “team house” adjoining to Maryland Stadium that opened in 2007, is a member of Maryland’s Board of Regents and also one of the school’s most influential donors. (Wash. Post)

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Harford students who walk out during latest national protest Friday could face discipline, school system says

The Harford County Public Schools system has not changed its position regarding school walkouts which means students who plan to participate in the walkout scheduled for Friday will face disciplinary action, school system officials said. Two local walkouts are planned at 10 a.m. on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two teenagers killed 13 classmates before killing themselves. (Aegis)

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School safety expert tells Md. teachers: Rethink school shooter profile

A school safety expert who has studied school shootings for years advised Maryland teachers and school resource officers to throw out the common “profile” of who they think could end up bringing a gun to school. School shooters “look like a lot of different things,” said Bill Modzeleski during a presentation Thursday on school safety held at the National Guard armory in Annapolis. When he studied individual cases, “physically they were different; academically they were different,” he said. (WTOP)

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Severna Park junior nominated for student member of the Anne Arundel school board

Severna Park High School junior Josie Urrea will be the next student member of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County, pending a formal appointment by Gov. Larry Hogan. Members of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils nominated Urrea on Thursday at Lindale Middle School, after hearing her and candidates Coleman Campbell and Emily Kissinger of Southern High School. (Capital)

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New tech education program approved in Wicomico County

School officials in Wicomico County this month approved a new career and technology education program that focuses on interactive media. Last Tuesday, the Wicomico County Board of Education voted unanimously to establish a new career and technology education (CTE) program on interactive media. Ruth Malone, director of curriculum and staff development for the school system, told the board the program would be housed at Wicomico High School and would be open to all Wicomico County high schools. (Dispatch)

 

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Silver Spring kindergarten teacher named MCPS teacher of the year

Montgomery County Public Schools on Wednesday evening announced its teacher of the year: Kristen Kane, a kindergarten instructor from Forest Knolls Elementary School in Silver Spring. “I am proud to have Kristen Kane as our MCPS teacher of the year,” school board President Michael Durso said in a prepared statement. “Her creativity in the classroom and dedication to our students is inspiring.” (Bethesda)

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