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Teacher unions remain powerful force in Maryland

Teacher unions remain powerful force in Maryland Allison Bourg Gary Brennan has been busy the past few months. The president of the Frederick County Teachers Association has had his hands full talking to state lawmakers about the Common Core State Standards, the controversial education reform that’s frustrated parents, teachers and students. SEE: Education experts debate

Smith to leave school board after 20 years

Jean Smith wasn’t chosen for the Frederick County Board of Education the first time she applied. “People in power said, ‘Ha, she’s a Republican, forget it,’” Smith said. But the second time was the charm, and she got her wish in 1994 when then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer appointed her to the board. Now, after a

FY 2015 School System Budget Could Run Into Opposition

The fiscal year 2015 budget approved last week by the Frederick County Board of Education totals more than $548-million–a 3.1% increase over the current spending plan–and that could cause some problems. The County Commissioners have said that they will only fund the school system at maintenance of effort level. “If we get maintenance of effort

Drugs and our kids: Schools Grapple with Trend

Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 2:00 am By Rachel S. Karas News-Post Staff by Rachel Karas When Jenna Bozick first used marijuana and ecstasy, she was a 12-year-old in California, and it was “the popular thing to do.” She grew depressed and suicidal, moved to North Carolina and then Maryland, and found her solace in opiates. She