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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Anne Arundel County at-large school board member Andrew Pruski announced his resignation from the board on Wednesday, citing a prohibition on appearing on the general election ballot simultaneously as a County Council candidate and a candidate for retention as a board member. State law requires a board member to stand for a retention vote in the general election following his or her appointment to the board. Thus, Pruski's name would have appeared on the November ballot for that retention vote.
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BiJoe Burris | July 7, 2014
School is out, but it's business as usual for the Anne Arundel County school system, which has undergone several transactions during the summer break. Among the transactions: Ayesha Chaudhry, a rising senior at South River High School, was sworn in as the board's 41 st student member on July 1 at the county courthouse in Annapolis, school officials said. Chaudhry succeeds Else Drooff, a Broadneck High School graduate whose term ended on June 30. School officals said that board member Kevin Jackson, whose five-year term in an at-large seat also officially expired on June 30, will remain in his seat until a new governor is sworn into office and makes an appointment early next year.
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By Justin Fenton and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has asked her senior team to explore giving Baltimore's police civilian review board a "more impactful" role in the police disciplinary process. "In order for us to be consistent across the board when we're talking about civic engagement, we have to make sure the ways in which we touch the public are impactful," she said. "I don't have answers on what, if any changes there will be. That's definitely something I am looking at. " The Police Department recently asked the civilian review board to review major "use of force" cases such as officer-involved shootings.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
A year after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to reinvigorate the city's civilian police review board, panel members say nothing much has changed. That's hardly surprising. The board still lacks the power to investigate citizens' complaints of police misconduct in a timely fashion, and its recommendations are routinely ignored by the department. A panel so toothless that even its own members publicly wonder whether their efforts are a complete waste of time obviously isn't accomplishing its mission as a mediator of police-community relations.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Maryland health exchange board signed off Monday on most of its technology purchases for a new online marketplace set to launch in November. The board made the approvals after a closed evening session, bringing the total to be spent over the next five years to more than $96 million. The new software contracts were made on an emergency basis with Sir Speedy, a printing and marketing firm, and ScanOptics, a content management services company, for $1.3 million. The board also made contract modifications with Xerox totaling just over $650,000.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
A year ago, the Maryland State Board of Education upheld a Howard County school board request to oust fellow member Allen Dyer - and it didn't matter that the Ellicott City resident's term had long since expired. The board's decision culminated a protracted battle between Dyer and fellow board members and marked what many believe was the first time in state history an elected school board member was ordered to vacate his seat. This week Dyer took a step closer to staging a dramatic return.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
One year after city officials pledged to reinvigorate Baltimore's police civilian review board, members say their work feels insignificant and they are still seeking more authority. The Police Department recently said it would ask the volunteer citizen panel to look at police-involved shootings and other major use-of-force cases. The reviews, however, would occur after the cases have been closed — a role that seems perfunctory, members say. "We want to know: What are we really going to do?"
SPORTS
By Chris Anderson and Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Editor's note: Each week,  InsideMdSports.com  provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. Maryland added another big piece to its class of 2015 Tuesday night, securing a commitment from Middletown offensive lineman  Will McClain , who chose the Terps over rival West Virginia. McClain had the coaches in College Park screaming. “I was just thinking about it for the past couple of weeks, me and my family were, and I just felt like Maryland was the place for me,” said the 6-foot-5, 290-pound rising senior.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Baltimore's police civilian review board has concerns that a new effort to garner input from the board is not meaningful, an official told a City Council committee on Wednesday night.  After years of neglect, the department has been making strides to make the board more relevant, and recently announced that it would refer major use of force investigations, such as police-involved shootings and in-custody deaths, to the board after they were completed....
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
Four candidates in the Howard County Board of Education primary election hail from the county's northeast region, an area that historically has been devoid of board representation. Olga Butler and Corey Andrews of Elkridge, and Leslie Kornreich and Christine O'Connor of Hanover each ran in the previous election, and Kornreich has run twice. They are among 13 candidates vying for four seats on the seven-member board. The board is non-partisan and members serve at large. Candidates from other areas of the county are Bess Altwerger of Columbia; Tom Baek and Cynthia L. Vaillancourt of Clarksville; Dan Furman of Simpsonville; and Zaneb Beams, Allen Dyer, Maureen Evans Arthurs, Sandra French and Mike Smith, all of Ellicott City.
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