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Maryland Schools Insider: December, 2011

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Montgomery residents outline priorities for new superintendent Joshua Starr

Montgomery superintendent Joshua Starr spent his first six months on the job touring the county in a series of “Listen and Learn” events. Here are some of his findings.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Black students more likely to be suspended and expelled in Washington suburbs

Black students are two to five times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students in Washington area school systems, according to a Post analysis.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  12:59 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Where can you find teens in Prince George’s County? On Twitter, of course

On Twitter, not Facebook or Myspace, according to The Post’s Robert Samuels.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  12:07 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 AM ET, 12/23/2011

After-school program violated ethics policy, panel finds

A Montgomery County ethics panel has decided that an after-school fitness program operated by a physical education teacher at Somerset Elementary school violated a district policy that prohibits employees from tutoring their own students for extra pay.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  01:43 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Grant a step toward universal pre-K in Maryland, an advocate say

Del. Tom Hucker said new funds from the federal Race to the Top grant are an important step toward offering universal pre-kindergarten.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  04:43 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Maryland wins Race to the Top learning grant

State is one of nine to share in $500 million for early learning under Obama administration program.

By Emma Brown  |  10:53 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 12/14/2011

By Michael Alison Chandler and Victor Zapana  |  08:38 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Organic farmer in Montgomery goes to court to prevent land from becoming soccer fields

Nick Maravell, an organic farmer in Potomac, is going to Montgomery County Circuit Court Thursday to ask if he can remain on school system-owned land.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  01:51 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Former Montgomery schools chief Harry Pitt dies

The educator began his career in Montgomery schools in 1962 as an assistant principal and rose through the ranks, holding the chief job between 1987 and 1991.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  11:46 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Should teachers be allowed to earn extra money at school?

A lot of teachers look for ways to earn money outside of their day jobs, particularly after a few rounds of salary freezes. One elementary physical education teacher in Montgomery has come under scrutiny for a private children’s fitness program he was running at his school.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/07/2011

School superintendents’ overseas trip questioned

Former Montgomery superintendent Jerry Weast and other Washington area superintendents traveled to Australia on a trip underwritten by the Pearson Foundation.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Montgomery school bus drivers overdue for a pay increase?

A Montgomery school bus driver draws attention to the financial burdens placed on the service employees in the school system.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  11:42 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/07/2011

New Montgomery superintendent kicks off potentially more peaceful budget process

Budget negotiations promise to be less contentious this year with a new superintendent and with officially reduced expectations for local funding.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Green Ribbon award will recognize eco-friendly schools

The government has long awarded schools a Blue Ribbon for academic achievement. Now there’s a Green Ribbon for environmental achievement.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Starr explores theories of intelligence in his first book club

The first book is “Mindset”, by Carol Dweck, about developing a “growth mindset,” or a belief that intelligence or abilities can be developed through hard work.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  02:49 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Should school buses carry traffic cameras?

The Montgomery county council is considering attaching surveillance cameras to the outside of the county’s 1,264 school buses to catch more traffic violators.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  10:37 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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