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Oct 5, 2012

Eye Opener: Maryland no presidential battleground

The Eye Opener is back this morning with a handful of government and politics headlines from around the state.

Sep 17, 2012

Montgomery Co. schools plans to boost tech tools

ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved plans for $14.5 million in technology upgrades for schools across the district. The Washington Post reports the plan includes providing interactive whiteboards for 2,000 elementary classrooms. Secondary schools have already received funding to put the whiteboards in 65 percent of its classrooms. The plan would […]

Aug 24, 2012

Later school start equals more money for state?

Students return to Baltimore City Public Schools Monday, and several other jurisdictions have had full classrooms for the last week. ...

Aug 6, 2012

Law blog roundup

Welcome to Monday, the 47th anniversary of President Lydon B. Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act into law and the latest installment of the roundup ...

Jul 20, 2012

Tentative contract for Frederick County teachers

FREDERICK — The Frederick County school board and teachers association say they’ve tentatively agreed on a contract for the upcoming school year. The Frederick News-Post reported Friday that the board sweetened an offer that was soundly rejected by rank-and-file teachers last month. The new proposal advances to Oct. 15 from Dec. 1 the effective date […]

Jun 27, 2012

Counties forced to spend thousands on new football helmets

Mike Williams’ secretary needs a new computer. But, instead of replacing outdated office supplies this summer, the Howard County Public School System’s athletics program coordinator has to use that money — and over $110,000 more — to replace nearly 600 football helmets. A change in how long helmets can be used is forcing Williams, and […]

May 29, 2012

Maryland, 7 other states get waiver from No Child Left Behind

ATLANTA — Another eight states are gaining flexibility from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday. The Education Department has approved waivers for Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. Eighteen other states and Washington, D.C., also applied for a waiver and could […]

May 25, 2012

Prince George’s budget boosts spending on schools

UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council has adopted a $2.7 billion budget that increases spending on schools and includes bonuses for county employees. Under the budget unanimously adopted Thursday, the public school system’s operating budget will increase 3.1 percent to about $1.6 billion. School officials hope to use about $18 million to pay […]

May 23, 2012

Board of Public Works approves $161M in school funding

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland board has approved $161 million in unallocated school funding. The Board of Public Works approved the money on Wednesday. That brings the total amount allocated for school construction to $349 million for the next fiscal year. The board approved $187 million in initial funding for school construction in January. Representatives from […]

May 3, 2012

Charles C. Haynes: The perils and politics of ‘don’t say gay’

If 20 Republican lawmakers in Missouri have their way, it will soon be illegal for administrators, teachers and even students to talk about homosexuality in the state’s public schools. Derided as the “don’t say gay” bill by opponents, HB 2051 “prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material or extracurricular activity except […]

Apr 12, 2012

Frederick County students pledge not to text while driving

FREDERICK — Every day, physicians and staff at Meritus Health Trauma and Emergency Services in Hagerstown see patients who are injured because a driver was not paying attention to the road, according to Mary Rizk, a spokeswoman for Meritus. With that in mind, Meritus is partnering with Frederick County Public Schools to teach students the […]

Apr 12, 2012

Frederick schools to close 1 day for G8 summit

FREDERICK — Frederick County public school students are expected to have a day off in May because the G-8 summit being held at Camp David in Thurmont. The Frederick News-Post reports that Sheriff Chuck Jenkins asked for the schools to be closed May 18th, a Friday, because of safety concerns. The summit is scheduled for […]

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