Tag: AACPS

Perkins removes herself from AACPS superintendent search

Perkins removes herself from AACPS superintendent search

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins today announced that she is not among the candidates whose applications the Board of Education is now reviewing as it seeks to find the next Anne Arundel County Public Schools superintendent. Perkins said she gave considerable thought to becoming a candidate before the application period closed on February 17, 2014, […]

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Broadneck’s version of Les Mis rescheduled

Broadneck’s version of Les Mis rescheduled

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Want some rock and punk with your 19th Century French history? Head to Broadneck High School’s production of “Les Misérables,” Feb 27 – March 1. “People forget that ‘Les Mis’ was produced in the ’80s, and there’s a rock element to the music,” says co-director Emily Cory. Cory, who is also project manager for Anne Arundel […]

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Anne Arundel Schools Feel Social Heat Over Weather Decision

Anne Arundel Schools Feel Social Heat Over Weather Decision

| January 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

While forecasters predicted an icy commute, and neighboring school districts, including Anne Arundel Community College, delayed the start of school this morning, Anne Arundel County Public Schools started on time. Anne Arundel County Police and Annapolis City Police reported treacherous conditions throughout the county with dozens of accidents reported. The school made a statement at […]

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Superintendent Search Update: AACPS Answers Capital’s Criticism

Superintendent Search Update: AACPS Answers Capital’s Criticism

| November 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last summer the Capital criticized AACPS for a lack of public involvement in the interim superintendent search (see Capital-Gazette Takes On AACPS).  AACPS promised to address that issue in its search for the next fulltime superintendent.  It has now taken its first major step to fulfill that promise. On November 22, 2013, the AACPS PR […]

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Olivia Constants Foundations Anti-Bullying Initiative

Olivia Constants Foundations Anti-Bullying Initiative

| November 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Olivia Constants Foundation, Inc. (OCF) a 501c3 public charity, recently announced the winners from their first “Anti-Bullying Message through the Arts” contest that was held throughout Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). To build on our Anti-bullying efforts within AACPS, this contest was a way for students to share with their peers their thoughts on […]

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Getting What We Pay For: Are our school board members underpaid?

Getting What We Pay For: Are our school board members underpaid?

| October 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Should we apply to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education the maxim that “you get what you pay for”?  Regular school board members earn $6,000/year (the president earns $8,000/year) to oversee an operating and capital budget of over $1 billion, one of the fifty largest public school districts in the United States out of […]

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Jodie Hogan Named Finalist For Maryland Teacher Of The Year

Jodie Hogan Named Finalist For Maryland Teacher Of The Year

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jodie Hogan, a Spanish teacher at South River High School in Edgewater, today was named one of seven finalists for the 2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year by the Maryland State Department of Education. Hogan is the second Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) teacher to be a finalist for the state award in the […]

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School Board Pays Maxwell $4,582/Day In July; Maryland Taxpayers Pay Perkins $410,018 Signing Bonus on Top of $249,735 Annual Salary

School Board Pays Maxwell $4,582/Day In July; Maryland Taxpayers Pay Perkins $410,018 Signing Bonus on Top of $249,735 Annual Salary

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Board of Education has been generous to outgoing superintendent Kevin Maxwell for his last month of employment ending July 31, 2013.  Excluding his health benefits and the increase in his pension, which is paid for by the State of Maryland, I estimate his daily pay at $4,582/day.  Assuming […]

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Poll: Media Coverage of Superintendent Maxwell

Poll: Media Coverage of Superintendent Maxwell

Superintendent Kevin Maxwell’s last day in office is tomorrow, July 31, 2013. On August 1, 2013, he takes over the helm of the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spends a large fraction of County taxes and receives a corresponding amount of print press coverage. What are your thoughts […]

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Maxwell’s Political Legacy: Not Pretty

Maxwell’s Political Legacy: Not Pretty

After more than seven years at the helm of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), Superintendent Kevin Maxwell will resign and become head of the Prince George’s County public schools, effective August 1, 2013.  What is his AACPS legacy? Many encomiums have been written about Maxwell’s AACPS legacy as a champion of children.  Those […]

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Understanding The Capital Gazette’s Political Biases

Understanding The Capital Gazette’s Political Biases

My Ph.D. is in the field of political communications, and I’ve worked in various capacities covering media policy, including as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications and Public Policy, a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Joan Shorenstein Center on […]

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Start School Later Group Testifies Before AACPS Board

Start School Later Group Testifies Before AACPS Board

| June 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Countywide Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), charged by AACPS with outreach to all school clusters on this issue, came back with a report reiterating its long held support for a later school start time.  The response from the latest survey of school clusters throughout the county was overwhelmingly in favor of this change. The CAC […]

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More Free Meals For Anne Arundel’s School Aged Children

More Free Meals For Anne Arundel’s School Aged Children

| June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will continue to provide nutritional resources for children across the county again this summer, expanding its free summer meals program at 15 sites and aiming to serve nearly 70,000 meals by the time school resumes in August.  The program will run Monday through Thursday from June 24 through August 15. […]

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Hillsmere Elementary Locked Down For Suspicious Person

Hillsmere Elementary Locked Down For Suspicious Person

| June 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

UPDATE: 12:11pm- From Bob Mosier, AACPS spokesman, the building is no longer on “secure the building” status. Hillsmere Elementary School was locked down today due to a suspicious person in the area. According to Anne Arundel County Police spokesman, Justin Mulcahy, the department received a call from the school at 7:40am about a suspicious person on […]

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Board Of Education Seeking Committee Members

Board Of Education Seeking Committee Members

| May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Board of Education is now accepting applications for openings on the Executive Committee of its countywide Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), a 29-member panel that provides input and advice on specific issues surrounding education throughout the county. The panel consists of two representatives from each of the 12 high school clusters, one representing elementary schools […]

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AACPS School Board Nomination Applications Due May 24

AACPS School Board Nomination Applications Due May 24

This year the School Board Nominating Commission (SBNC) of Anne Arundel County must nominate candidates for two seats on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.  Candidate applications are due by the close of the business day on May 24.  Hearings for the candidates will be held May 29 and May 30 at 7:30 pm […]

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Old Mill High School Teacher Under Investigation

Old Mill High School Teacher Under Investigation

| April 12, 2013 | 11 Comments

Katie Snyder, a Social Studies teacher and track coach at Old Mill High School in Millersville, has been relieved of her duties and reassigned pending an investigation according to school officials. In a letter sent home this afternoon, Principal James Todd stated that the teacher’s leave would be indefinite and they were working to arrange long term […]

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Substitute Teacher Charged With Contributing To Delinquency Of Minors

Substitute Teacher Charged With Contributing To Delinquency Of Minors

| April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

On February 19, 2013, the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Department of Social Services began investigating allegations against an Anne Arundel County Public School employee, Benjamin Siggers. Mr. Siggers was a substitute school teacher for AACPS and was immediately terminated when the school system learned of the investigation. During the investigation, it was […]

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Broadneck Teacher Arrested For Student Sexual Relationship

Broadneck Teacher Arrested For Student Sexual Relationship

| March 12, 2013 | 6 Comments

On November 12, 2012 and anonymous caller contacted the Anne Arundel County Public School system regarding a possible inappropriate relationship between a Broadneck high school teacher and a student. As a result, Anne Arundel County public schools began an immediate investigation into the allegations and placed the teacher on administrative leave. During the course of […]

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O’Malley, Brown, Busch, To Visit Jones Elementary Today

O’Malley, Brown, Busch, To Visit Jones Elementary Today

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today at 1:30 p.m., Governor O’Malley, joined by Lt. Governor Brown, House Speaker Busch, the Maryland State Education Association, and other officials, will hold an event at Jones Elementary School to celebrate Maryland’s public schools being certified today as #1 in the nation for the fifth straight year by Education Week Magazine. Earlier this week, […]

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South River High Responds To Yearbook Prank

South River High Responds To Yearbook Prank

| May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Principal at South River High School, William T. Myers has advised parents that stickers will be made available to correct the error initially reported by Eye On Annapolis on Thursday. As you may already know, an inappropriate error occurred during the processing of this year’s yearbook. The yearbook staff will be placing non-removable stickers […]

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Tasteless Yearbook Prank Pulled At South River High

Tasteless Yearbook Prank Pulled At South River High

| May 17, 2012 | 15 Comments

A South River High School Social Sciences teacher is the victim of a tasteless yearbook prank. The staff photo of Mr. Croyle was identified in the just released yearbook as “Chikahn Faqure.” The prank was a hot topic amongst students tonight as they perused the yearbooks which were distributed to the 2191 students earlier today. At this […]

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