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Dr. Maxwell Throws Out A Challenge

Dr. Maxwell Throws Out A Challenge

County schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has challenged schools across the county to raise the bar this year and better 2010’s record level of donations to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life campaign. In letters sent home with students last week, Dr. Maxwell set a goal for every school to have at least one […]

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Meeting On Meade School Redistricting

Meeting On Meade School Redistricting

The county Board of Education has scheduled a public briefing and a public hearing on Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell’s recommendation to redistrict elementary schools on Fort George G. Meade to best utilize additional capacity being created by construction of the new Pershing Hill Elementary School and to alleviate, to the extent possible, the overcrowding at […]

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Attacking The Achievement Gap: A Battle For Our Children’s Future

Attacking The Achievement Gap: A Battle For Our Children’s Future

When I arrived as Superintendent in 2006, the top priority for our school system was unquestionably to eliminate the achievement gap. In fact, I stated emphatically in my first budget address to the Board that I believed we would be the first school system in the state to do so. That continues to be our […]

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Examination of school system spending must be accurate, in context

Examination of school system spending must be accurate, in context

School systems across Maryland, and the United States, for that matter, are hardly immune to controversies over the manner in which funding is spent. We are no different, so it comes as no surprise that local newspapers and websites have been outlets for criticism in this arena. Two lenses are critical in examining these criticisms, […]

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Disappointing AYP Scores Challenge Our Schools, Communities To Dig Deeper

Disappointing AYP Scores Challenge Our Schools, Communities To Dig Deeper

Everyone who glanced at the recent stories about our school system’s progress in meeting state targets as part of the No Child Left Behind legislation should have been disappointed by what they read. While our scores on state tests for elementary and middle school students remained relatively flat across the system, the rising bar left […]

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Lean Schools Budget Does Best We Can In Current Climate

Lean Schools Budget Does Best We Can In Current Climate

Last Wednesday, our Board of Education put the finishing touches on what is a lean spending plan for the coming fiscal year, but one which I believe serves our students and employees as well as possible given the current economic climate. We have provided a 1 percent one-time pay increase for every one of our […]

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School Construction Budget Proposal A Setback For Students

School Construction Budget Proposal A Setback For Students

Over the last several years, the County Council and our school system administration have spent a considerable amount of time trying to align our six-year Capital Improvement Plan in such a way that we can leverage the maximum amount of state dollars to improve schools throughout our county. Through that collaborative process, one in which […]

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Contract School Offers Exciting New Opportunity For County

Contract School Offers Exciting New Opportunity For County

Our school system began a journey down an exciting new path earlier this month when the Board of Education approved an agreement with Imagine Global Village Academy for the county’s first “contract” school. Imagine Global Village Academy is not, as incorrectly identified in some media reports, a charter school. The agreement instead provides both the […]

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Parent Survey Shows Gains As Well As Areas For Improvement

Parent Survey Shows Gains As Well As Areas For Improvement

The full value of any survey lies in its ability not only to indicate things an organization is doing right, but initiatives upon which respondents believe it should improve. Such is the case with our second annual Parent Community Engagement Survey. Perhaps the most encouraging piece of data is the number of parents – more […]

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