Fri February 27, 2015
Christina Schools-Budget

Christina schools cut budgets after voters nix tax plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Christina School District has begun cutting costs to address a budget deficit after voters nixed a plan to raise property taxes to cover growing school costs.

The district is freezing hiring, reducing purchases of materials and textbooks, cancelling travel for personnel and cutting school budgets. Principals are being asked to cut overtime, contracted services and eliminate unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay to serve as coaches or advisers.

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Fri February 27, 2015
Winter Weather-Snow Days

Schools begin grappling with how to make up snow days in Md.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — School districts on Maryland's Eastern Shore are facing some tough decisions about how to make up snow days after two weeks of winter weather have thrown off the academic calendar.

The Daily Times reports Wicomico schools may have the hardest decision because its schedule does not include extra days for school being canceled due to the weather.

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Tue February 24, 2015
champions of change-umes

White House recognizes UMES faculty member

Dr. Robert A. Johnson Jr.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– UMES math professor Rob Johnson is among 11 African-Americans who will be recognized Tuesday as national Champions of Change for their contributions teaching at historically black institutions. 

Johnson has been excused from jury duty to attend the White House ceremony, one of a series of events organized to focus attention on President Barack Obama’s goal of challenging the nation “to lead the world in college completion by 2020.”

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Mon February 23, 2015
STEM Forum

MD lawmakers to tout benefits of science, math education

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are touting the importance of STEM education in Baltimore.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are set to speak at a forum on Monday to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is also set to speak at the Baltimore forum, which is billed as a two-hour interactive talk with a focus how to help gear students toward modern-day jobs.

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Mon February 16, 2015
Stun Guns in School

Bill advances to arm Va. school officers with stun guns


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation that would allow school security officers to be armed with stun guns, pepper spray and similar weapons is advancing in the General Assembly.

Security officers are not sworn law enforcement officers and are not allowed to be armed under current law.

Del. Mark Cole is the Spotsylvania County Republican who introduced the measure. He says he wants school security officers to be better equipped to respond in the event of an armed intruder.

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