Maryland schools aim to include LGBT and disability rights in history curriculum

Maryland school officials are developing curriculum standards for history classes to include lessons about the fight for civil rights for the LGBT community and Americans with disabilities. If the changes are approved, Maryland would join at least four other states that have taken steps to require public schools to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, which advocates say has long been absent from textbooks and classroom lessons. (Wash. Post)

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MCPS Student ‘Data Deletion Week’ Begins Monday

Montgomery County Public Schools this week is conducting its first “data deletion week,” purging its online databases of unnecessary student information. Between Monday and Friday, MCPS staff will delete student information from the Google platform and several online applications students and teachers use, like Apple Education, myMCPS Classroom and GoGuardian. While the new annual effort won’t delete all student data — information like grades, attendance and vaccination records remain — “data deletion week” puts MCPS among a handful of other districts nationwide to schedule an annual deletion of student data. (Bethesda)

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Volunteers stuff 1,000 backpacks with supplies for Baltimore students

Summer break is winding down, and it's time to get ready to head back to school. Bank of America and Baltimore City Public Schools teamed up Sunday to get students what they need for the school year. Volunteers stuffed 1,000 backpacks at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The bags are packed full with all the essentials. "We will pack these backpacks with crayons, and glue sticks, and notebooks, and pens, and pencils, so that another 1,000 children can experience new school supplies that otherwise may not have been able to," said Janet Currie, greater Maryland market manager at Bank of America.

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Vaunted D.C. charter school sued again over teacher who sexually abused children

The family of a third student has filed a $30 million lawsuit against a respected D.C. charter school in federal court, alleging that school employees failed to protect the child from a teacher who sexually abused students. Manuel Garcia Fernandez is accused in the lawsuit of sexually abusing the student while the child was in fourth and fifth grades at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, from 2013 until 2015. (Wash. Post)

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Reinstated Naval Academy Professor Returns, But Not To Class

As a civilian tenured English professor, Bruce Fleming believes he has made important contributions to the U.S. Naval Academy during his 30 years on staff, providing views from outside the military while teaching writing, literature and critical thinking skills to future Navy and Marine officers. Fleming also hasn’t been afraid to publicly criticize what he perceives as the shortcomings of military academy training — and that is what he believes ultimately prompted school officials to fire him last year. His iconoclastic op-eds questioning the academies’ very existence have drawn the ire of military officials for years, he says. (WJZ)

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Johns Hopkins professor fired after attempted sabotage of student protest turns down Facebook job

A Johns Hopkins professor who was fired after he tried to use bolt cutters to force his way through a group of student protesters rallying against a private police force on campus has turned down a job at Facebook. Daniel Povey, who was fired and banned from the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore after he showed up to a May 8 student protest at Garland Hall with bolt cutters, wrote in an email he had turned down an offer at Facebook because he thought it was a disingenuous offer tied to his politics.  “I believed that if they intended not to hire me, they would need an investigation to justify that decision — so as not to be accused of left-wing bias,” Povey wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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MCPS Extended School Year Pilot Finishes Summer Session

As many Montgomery County teachers spent Friday in training or preparing their classrooms for students to return from summer break in September, educators at Arcola Elementary School were teaching. Arcola is one of two Montgomery County public schools testing an extended calendar this school year and Friday was the last day of the pilot program’s first summer session.  At 3:50 p.m., students at Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools dismissed for a two-week break, punctuating what Arcola Principal Emmanuel Jean-Philippe called a “wonderful experience.”  Classes for Arcola and Nix, both in Silver Spring, began July 8, three weeks after the 2018-19 school year dismissed. (Bethesda)

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Hogan warns against extra spending for Kirwan reforms

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) issued dire warnings Saturday about the prohibitive cost of proposed education reform in Maryland, vowing to oppose any measures that would result in higher taxes or budget deficits. Speaking at the close of the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City, where how to pay for the recommendations of the so-called Kirwan Commission to boost public education has been a hot topic, Hogan faulted the legislature for advancing “well-meaning but half-baked, fiscally irresponsible” proposals that could bankrupt the state. (Md. Matters)  

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