Wed March 25, 2015
Snow Day Waivers

Maryland to consider waiving up to 3 snow days

BALTIMORE (AP) — School systems in Maryland can apply to waive up to three snow days this year.

After a winter that saw many systems delay and cancel classes because of snow and ice, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to authorize Superintendent Lillian Lowery to make case-by-case decisions on waivers from the state's 180-day requirement.

The board also asked that each system's waiver request include an outline of calendar changes made to meet students' instructional needs.

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Wed March 25, 2015
Education Grants

Virginia awards $1.6M to boost teacher science, math

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Education is awarding more than $1.6 million in grants to enhance teachers' knowledge of science and math and their ability to teach the subjects.

The department said in a release that nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities won the awards as part of the Math and Science partnership grant competition.

Officials say the money will provide professional development for nearly 650 teachers throughout Virginia.

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Wed March 25, 2015
new student affairs vp-umes

DeSousa named Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Dr. D. Jason DeSousa
Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– Dr. D. Jason DeSousa is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.  

DeSousa’s first day at UMES will be April 20.

He currently works at Fayetteville (N.C.) State University, where he has been assistant vice chancellor for student retention since January 2012.

“Dr. DeSousa is the right person at the right time to fill this important leadership post at UMES,” President Juliette B. Bell said. “I know our campus community will make him feel welcome.”

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Mon March 23, 2015
Testing Assessment

House approves bill for commission on standardized tests

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously added their support to a review of the state's standardized testing system.

In a 138-0 vote on Monday, delegates approved a bill that not only create a review commission, but also instructs the state Department of Education to conduct a study on the testing system.

The study is an amendment to the bill unanimously approved by the state senate last week.

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Fri March 20, 2015
Robotics Competition

High school students compete in Va. robotics competition

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia high school students are competing in a regional robotics competition.

The event is being held Friday and Saturday at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. It is free and open to the public.

Sixty-four teams are entered in the competition. Most are from Virginia, while some are registered from New York, Maryland and South Carolina, along with Brazil and The Netherlands.

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