Mon February 16, 2015
School Seclusion Rooms

Stories of trauma in Va. prompt crackdown on seclusion rooms


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The story of a second-grader who was locked in a room at school has prompted the Virginia General Assembly to pass legislation to rein in the use of seclusion and restraint as methods of controlling children in public schools.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is expected to soon sign the bill into law, making the state the 33rd to govern the use of seclusion and restraint in schools by law or regulation.

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Fri February 13, 2015
Adventure Sports Degree-Frostburg

Frostburg State can offer adventure sports degree

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Adventure sports such as rock climbing and whitewater paddling are gaining a higher degree of respectability in Maryland's university system.

The Board of Regents voted Friday in Bowie to approve a bachelor's degree program in adventure sports management at Frostburg State University.

The program would build on an associate's degree that's been offered since 1992 at Garrett College, a community college in nearby McHenry.

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Wed February 4, 2015
Charter Schools

Hogan to propose bill to strengthen Md.'s charter school law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to submit a measure to strengthen the state's charter school law.

Hogan, a Republican, mentioned his plans in his State of the State speech Wednesday.

Hogan says the measure will seek to expand choices for families and make it easier for more public charter schools to operate in the state.

Maryland enacted a charter-school program in 2003. An analysis by the state last month reported that there are now 53 charter schools in seven jurisdictions. The city of Baltimore has 37.

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Wed February 4, 2015
Reach Academy-Lawsuit

State asks judge to dismiss Delaware charter school lawsuit

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for Delaware's Department of Education are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a struggling, predominantly black all-girls charter school trying to stave off a second state-ordered closure.

DOE attorneys argued in court papers Tuesday that the state's decision not to renew the charter of Reach Academy for Girls in New Castle doesn't amount to intentional gender discrimination, especially because another all-girls charter school could open in the future.

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Tue February 3, 2015

Website to show impact of Maryland's education budget plan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Supporters of finding more room in Maryland's budget for education are launching a website to show how a current budget plan would affect school districts.

House Speaker Michael Busch is scheduled to be joined by Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller on Tuesday in Annapolis, along with PTA President Ray Leone.

They are criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan, because it scales back funding by roughly $144 million less than what schools were expecting to receive, based on past budgets in recent years.

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