Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Officials released a report on combating bullying in schools during Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.
Bad news for bullies in Baltimore County public schools—suspensions are increasing among students who intimidate and harass their classmates. A report released during Tuesday night's Baltimore County Public Schools Board of Education meeting detailed the county's efforts to combat bullying, action mandated by the state's Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005. The county's anti-bullying efforts include preventative measures and swift disciplinary actions—including suspension—according to Glenda Myrick, the county schools coordinator of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, who presented the report to the board. Reported incidents of bullying have increased more than 350 percent between 2007 and 2011, going from 142 to 510. During that same time, …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
With 30 minutes to go, Baltimore County delegates trade votes on slots for school board bill, but time ran out this session on an partially elected school board.
Baltimore County took a crucial step toward a partially-elected school board after the House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to pass an amended school board bill—despite County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's opposition. The bill, which calls for establishing a six elected- and five-appointed member board, passed out of the committee with about 30 minutes left before the midnight deadline. But the measure ran out of time and was not voted on by the full General Assembly just minutes before the deadline expired. Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a sponsor of the bill in the Senate, criticized Kamenetz for his efforts to thwart the move to an elected school board. "He wasted a lot of people's time trying to kill this bill," said Zirkin. "When Dutch (…
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
No students were reported injured in school bus accident this morning.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Ron Cassie
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A Baltimore County school bus carrying four students was involved in an accident with an automobile this morning on Wise Avenue. After the collision, both the school bus driver and automobile driver were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with minor injuries, according to Baltimore County police. The four students, examined by first responders at the scene, were not injured, according to Baltimore County police spokeswoman Susan Hunt. The collision took place at 8:30 a.m., at the Wise and Winona avenues intersection. The students were heading to Eastwood Elementary Magnet School where a school nurse also examined the students and found them unharmed, according to Baltimore County schools spokesman Charles Herndon. "At …
Friday, August 19, 2011
Hairston touts school system's accomplishments at address at Catonsville High School Friday.
Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston said Friday the "new normal" for educators has been doing more with less at the same time public schools are being held to increasingly higher standards. Hairston touted the system's accomplishments, including a higher graduation rate and high rankings for the county's high schools. In the superintendent's 12th's annual meeting for administrators, principals and staff, he touched only briefly on the system's budget cuts, which included a reduction in teaching staff. He also referred several times to the school system's Blueprint for Progress and said the document would serve as a guide to continue to educate students. Baltimore County Public Schools will open for students Aug. 29. …