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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2007
Anne Arundel County school board members approved $2.7 million for stiffer school security, despite their own concerns about how the money fits into a sweeping $39 million security plan. It is a plan they have been told about for two years, but still have not seen. At a meeting Wednesday, the board approved $1.2 million - on top of $1.5 million given last summer - for improvements such as cameras at schools, fencing and expanded security at athletic events. But school board members said the approval for extra funds put them in an awkward situation of not knowing how their spending this year gels with $39 million of security weaknesses highlighted in a 2005 consultant's report.
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September 17, 2006
ISSUE: In the wake of increasing complaints from parents and school board members about the prevalence of inappropriately dressed students, Harford County school officials are stepping up enforcement of the dress code. Some students think the dress code is too stringent, but administrators say it's about setting limits on what is appropriate attire for the school environment. YOUR VIEW: Are school officials over-reacting with their increased enforcement of the dress code? Tell us what you think.
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February 14, 2002
The Glenelg High School PTSA's Safety Committee will sponsor a discussion about how decisions are made to delay school start times when weather conditions are poor. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the school cafeteria. Glenn J. Johnson, director of transportation for Howard County schools, County Councilman Allan H. Kittleman, school board members, school bus contractors, and representatives from the Department of Public Works will attend. The PTSA is collecting used cellular phones and charging cords for school bus drivers who have no other means of communication en route.
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April 29, 2012
That schools CEO Andrés Alonso deplores the lavish renovation at headquarters only after the work has been done says a lot about why he should go. Mr. Alonso has abused having a driver, and he brings in outside auditors when standardized tests are given because he doesn't trust the people who work for him, He and the mayor were pictured with President Obama when he signed a wavier to do away with certain requirements of the No Child Left...
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2003
Scrambling to find ways to make up five snow days and concerned that more wintry weather might be on the way, Carroll County officials have asked the state schools superintendent to allow them to shorten the school year and open schools on remaining state holidays. School board members will not decide until the middle of the month or next month how to make up snow days beyond the four that were built into the school calendar. But they have agreed to ask Maryland Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick for every available option and weigh them later.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2004
Shortly after sunrise yesterday, 16-year-old Tiffany Roberson was up, dressed and filling green and white balloons with helium at Arundel High School in Gambrills to welcome back her fellow students. Her summer had ended a few hours earlier. The student government president was up until 3 a.m. finishing homework for her Advanced Placement English class. "But then I was up again at 4 because I was excited about school," the senior said. Roberson was among the more than 75,000 students who started a new year fueled by anticipation and adrenaline in Anne Arundel County, one of five area jurisdictions that started classes yesterday.
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1999
Howard County school board members praised last night a sweeping proposal to improve special education programs, saying the initial $4.7 million expense may save the school system money in the long run.``I really see this as a fundamental reinvention of how we do special education,'' said school board member Stephen C. Bounds. ``That's a big task.''The proposal released this week focuses on giving diploma-seeking disabled pupils better exposure to the regular curriculum, preventing the unnecessary referral of some pupils to special education and improving relationships between parents and staff.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | October 3, 1999
She should be charismatic, a natural leader.He should tap into teachers' expertise and respect them as professionals.She must be a keen-witted financier.He must weed out incompetence.No one knows who will be Baltimore County's next school superintendent, but school board members and other education players -- parent, teacher and minority representatives -- have a pretty clear idea of the type they'd prefer.The ideal person is an education guru who is equal parts teacher, curriculum wonk and forward-thinking bureaucrat with a master's degree in business administration who knows how to make employees feel energized and appreciated.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | September 15, 1993
Although he faces almost certain defeat, Baltimore County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, D-5th, says he will introduce a resolution Monday asking the General Assembly to give the county executive and the County Council authority to appoint school board members.Mr. Gardina initially bowed to a request by Council Chairman Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-3rd, and other members yesterday to delay the resolution to give them more time to discuss it with their constituents and educators.But later in the day Mr. Gardina changed his mind after talking again with the council chairman.
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By ANICA BUTLER and ANICA BUTLER,SUN REPORTER | June 16, 2006
Members of the Annapolis city council joined with parents and a few school board members this week in voicing hope that the Board of Education - at last - will fund the rigorous International Baccalaureate Middle Years program for middle school pupils. Those in favor of the program, a precursor to the International Baccalaureate diploma program for high school students, have advocated for years, only to have their hopes dashed when the County Council cut the program from the budget for the three years in a row. When the school board formally adopts its fiscal 2007 budgets Wednesday, members will have the discretion to fund the Middle Years program at three county middle schools for the coming school year, though the County Council cut $146,000 from the school budget for the curriculum.
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