Education

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Although Head Start programs, designed to serve mainly disadvantaged, three- and four-year-olds, have been closed in six states because of the federal government shutdown, programs in Maryland appear to be safe for now.

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Residents get to tell Baltimore city school officials what they want in a new superintendent at five public forums this month.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Gwendolyn Glenn talk about how schools are adapting to the new Common Core Standards and why some want a moratorium on testing for this school year.

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Maryland state education officials plan to seek a federal waiver to delay tying teachers’ evaluations to standardized test scores while they break in the new “Common Core” curriculum.

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Baltimore city schools are operating under a new code of conduct this year and not everyone is happy with it. One major change that has some parents, educators and union officials upset involves weapons.

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Nationwide, federal budget cuts brought on by sequestration eliminated more than 57,000 slots in Head Start, the program for low-income three and four year olds. 

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The state’s Head Start program got a much needed funding boost yesterday. State officials approved $4.1 million for Head Start, making up for the $5 million in federal dollars lost this school year under automatic cuts known as "sequestration."

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During the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 1963 March on Washington, speakers often told of those who worked hard, but didn’t get the recognition they deserved. The Rev. Al Sharpton, an organizer of the August 24 celebration on the National Mall, said one of those was the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, a top lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was in town for the anniversary. “But now, he’s a winner of the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president in the United Sates,” Sharpton said.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

The first day of school can be a working definition of chaos: everyone needing directions, projectors that don’t work, balky computers, students looking for supplies and parents trying to decipher an identification system  – all of it there to be handled calmly by a very nervous first-year teacher.

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With the shooting that marred Perry Hall High School’s opening day last year still fresh in their memories, Baltimore County school officials have spent nearly $4 million to upgrade the district’s school security systems.

Many schools, such as Chase Elementary on Eastern Avenue, have had their camera systems upgraded.

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