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Letter to The Aegis | August 1, 2013
The following is an excerpt of comments presented earlier this week to the Harford County Board of Education and other public officials. A copy was provided for publication. On behalf of the students who attend Magnet programs at the Science and Math Academy at Aberdeen High School, the Global Studies Program/International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School, and the Natural Resources and Agricultural Science Program at North Harford High School, we urge you to rescind, or at the very least postpone, your decision to impose a depot stop transportation system.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 29, 2014
The newest of the magnet programs for advanced high school students in Harford County saw its first class of graduates earn their diplomas this spring. At North Harford High School, the 35 students enrolled in the Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences program were the first to complete four years of the academic concentration. The magnet programs, since the first one was organized in conjunction with a reconstruction project at Aberdeen High School more than a decade ago, have been much touted by successive administrations of Harford County Public Schools.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 29, 2014
The newest of the magnet programs for advanced high school students in Harford County saw its first class of graduates earn their diplomas this spring. At North Harford High School, the 35 students enrolled in the Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences program were the first to complete four years of the academic concentration. The magnet programs, since the first one was organized in conjunction with a reconstruction project at Aberdeen High School more than a decade ago, have been much touted by successive administrations of Harford County Public Schools.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 21, 2013
As nearly 38,000 Harford County Public Schools students get ready to start classes for the 2013-14 school year on Monday, Aug. 26, a number of changes in school bus routes and policies have taken effect since last year. School bus schedules and routes for the 2013-14 school year were released last week and can be found on the school system's website and in print in the Wednesday, Aug. 21 edition of The Aegis. Among the changes are consolidating some stops into a single location, the elimination of door-to-school pickup and drop-off for countywide high school magnet program students and elimination of previous waivers that permitted some students to ride a bus when they would otherwise be required to walk because of the proximity of their homes to their schools.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | May 1, 1993
Sudbrook Middle School will reopen in 1994 with three academic magnet programs, but the Baltimore County school board this week eliminated a proposal for a fourth concentration -- in physical education and athletics.Board members said they killed the physical education proposal because it might be interpreted as existing for the sole purpose of attacting black youngsters to the Pikesville-area school and because including four magnet programs seemed like too ambitious a beginning.The board also gave its initial OK to a proposal for a 1994 magnet program in mathematics, science and computer science Parkville High School on the northeast side of the county.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1996
Baltimore County, responding to a sometimes-critical study, plans to expand its magnet school programs, but at a much slower rate than during the first three years of the popular initiative.No new magnet programs will open next fall. But at least two additional high school programs will be proposed for September 1997, school administrators say, responding to a consultants' study that found gaps and inconsistencies in the system."We plan to improve, modify and expand our programs," said the magnet schools director, Anita Stockton.
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By Kathryn Hansen and Kathryn Hansen,Baltimoresun.com Staff | October 1, 2004
The Baltimore County public school system today announced the opening of the application period for magnet programs, which concentrate courses in one subject area. The school system said that applications for elementary magnets were available today and can be downloaded from the school system's Web site -- at www.bcps.org/offices/omp -- or obtained by mail or in person from any Baltimore County public school or office. Applications for secondary schools will be released on Oct. 8, though high school applications can be obtained in advance at the High School Magnet Fair, planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Patapsco High School at 8100 Wise Ave. in Dundalk.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
Seeking to remove the differences in how pupils are selected for magnet schools, Baltimore County educators last night proposed one policy for the entire system.The proposal calls for the 27 county schools with magnet programs to choose pupils primarily through a centralized random lottery, replacing a variety of methods."We haven't had any countywide policy before this," said Phyllis Bailey, associate superintendent for educational support services. "This will carry out consistency in all schools."
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August 13, 2004
The Baltimore County school system will receive a nearly $6.5 million, three-year federal grant to improve student achievement and increase educational options for children through magnet schools. Funded by the U.S. Education Department, the Magnet Schools Assistance program provides competitive grants to help local school systems create magnet schools operated under a court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plan. About 50 school districts nationwide will share more than $108 million in the program.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,liz.bowie@baltsun.com | February 9, 2010
Baltimore County school officials clarified a budget document Monday, saying that they will not remove any teachers from magnet schools next year, although they are doing an audit of those sites' resources. The administration's clarification of the proposal came after an outpouring of protests from parents and students at one of the county's two arts magnet schools, George Washington Carver School for the Arts and Technology in Towson. The proposed budget that Superintendent Joe A. Hairston presented to the board a few weeks ago calls for 37 magnet teachers to be "redirected" to curriculum offices to create specialists and supervisors.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 1, 2013
The following is an excerpt of comments presented earlier this week to the Harford County Board of Education and other public officials. A copy was provided for publication. On behalf of the students who attend Magnet programs at the Science and Math Academy at Aberdeen High School, the Global Studies Program/International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School, and the Natural Resources and Agricultural Science Program at North Harford High School, we urge you to rescind, or at the very least postpone, your decision to impose a depot stop transportation system.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Adelfeus Cole sees a lot of kids who are unmotivated in the classroom. Tyana Palmer wants to know why the cafeteria can't serve students more vegetarian meals. And Kyle Rivers wonders whether Baltimore County will change its traditional school calendar. The high school students questioned Superintendent Dallas Dance about those issues Wednesday at his first of two planned "student town hall meetings. " Throughout the event, hands shot up from the crowd of about 70 students from a dozen schools gathered at Chesapeake High in Essex.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2011
As a ninth-grader, Michelle Blair of Crofton has plenty of time to figure out what career to pursue. Yet, while taking classes in Anne Arundel County's BioMedical Allied Health magnet program at Glen Burnie High School, she's already considering a possible career in medicine. And though she might not follow in the footsteps of her mother, Diane, who is a nurse, Michelle says, "I am hoping this program will help me narrow [my choices] down. It's given me the experience to see what I like and what I do not like.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2011
As Anne Arundel school officials outlined the system's planned Performing Visual Arts program for high schools, they stressed to parents the kind of students they're looking to enroll: those with an unbridled energy and passion for their art. Many parents who listened to the information session Tuesday night could relate. "If you have one of these kids in your house, you'll know it. And hopefully, people will take away that this is an elite program for that particular child, and they will encourage those children to participate, "said Nicole Dunn of Millersville, whose ninth-grade daughter Bria has a recording studio at home.
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September 19, 2011
Twenty-two Baltimore County Public Schools students from seven high schools have been named semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Local students include: Dulaney High School — Jungbin Choi, Christopher Flower, Daniel Iachan, He Liu, Arjun Rao, Michael Roy, Yuchao Sun and Liangcheng Tao. George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology — Helen Zhao. Loch Raven High School — Olivia Cypull and Emily Ruppel. Towson High School — Matthew Bender, Morgana Jenkins-Houk, Emma McDonald, Jonathan Peake, Timothy Riley and Benjamin Weksberg.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2010
A statewide arts education group has named Anne Arundel Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell as its arts advocate for 2010, citing his creation of an arts magnet program at an Annapolis middle school and other arts-related initiatives. The Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance plans to honor Maxwell at a conference at Towson University on June 3. "Dr. Kevin Maxwell's commitment to arts education has resulted in vibrant learning [and] teaching environments that prepare Maryland's school children to think creatively, innovate, problem solve, collaborate, communicate and compete successfully in the 21st century global economy," the alliance said in a statement.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer | March 15, 1995
Baltimore County's magnet programs survived a threatened moratorium when the school board quietly sidestepped the issue last night.Before a largely pro-magnet crowd could even express its support, board President Paul Cunningham made a brief statement dismissing the idea of a moratorium."
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | January 7, 1993
Specialized magnet programs designed to give students greater educational opportunities and create greater racial balance will open in at least six Baltimore County high schools in September.Another 10 schools are developing magnet proposals for future years, officials said yesterday as they outlined their ambitious, if sketchy plans.The magnet programs will allow students with special interests to choose an alternative to their local schools.Two of the six schools will be countywide magnets; the others will be regional.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,liz.bowie@baltsun.com | February 9, 2010
Baltimore County school officials clarified a budget document Monday, saying that they will not remove any teachers from magnet schools next year, although they are doing an audit of those sites' resources. The administration's clarification of the proposal came after an outpouring of protests from parents and students at one of the county's two arts magnet schools, George Washington Carver School for the Arts and Technology in Towson. The proposed budget that Superintendent Joe A. Hairston presented to the board a few weeks ago calls for 37 magnet teachers to be "redirected" to curriculum offices to create specialists and supervisors.
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