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Folly Quarter Middle Named Maryland Blue Ribbon School

Folly Quarter Middle School in Ellicott City has been named a 2012 Maryland Blue Ribbon School. It is one of six Maryland schools, and the only school from Howard County, to receive the honor.

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Orange County Councilman: Let Teachers Carry Guns

Derek Reeve, a San Juan Capistrano city councilman, has asked his local school district to allow teachers to carry guns in classrooms to protect their students. According to a letter obtained by The Capistrano Dispatch, Councilman Reeve said, "efforts must be taken to empower teachers, staff and parents to protect our children." The letter, dated Thursday, then suggests training teachers and staff for "active-shooter scenarios" and allowing school staff, teachers and parents to carry guns on school grounds to protect children in such situations.

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Mich. School Leaders Rochester Superintendent Candidates

Administrative leaders from four Michigan school districts have been chosen as semi-finalists for the superintendent position in Rochester. The candidates' backgrounds are diverse: one is a former high school choir director. Another, a police detective. A former longtime technology director for Rochester Schools is also in the mix.

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Technology a Priority at Austin's New I.J. Holton School

Austin Public Schools is opening a new school in August 2013 that will house all fifth and sixth grade public school students from the Austin area. Sections of the building are now sealed up tight and heated. Classrooms are beginning to appear within as cement floors are laid and walls are erected. I had the opportunity to tour the construction recently and the images I have viewed for months on blueprints are becoming a reality.

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New York Will Not Change Gifted Program Eligibility

In a reversal, New York City school officials on Wednesday said they would continue their sibling-preference policy for gifted and talented programs that have more eligible students than seats. Amid an explosion in the number of students who qualify for the seats, the city in October said it would end the policy as part of a raft of new changes to the program’s admissions process. School officials at the time said their move would create a fairer system for its highest-performing pupils.

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Philadelphia Ed Official S. Scott-Hunter Succumbs to Cancer

Sharon Scott-Hunter, 59, a retired assistant superintendent of the Chester Upland School District who spent 25 years teaching special education elementary students in Philadelphia, died of cancer Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Scott-Hunter was a "consummate educator," said Gregory Thornton, former superintendent of Chester Upland.

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Marine Vet Stands Guard at California School

Sgt. Craig Pusley, a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took up self-imposed duty in front of a central California elementary school in the wake of the Connecticut shooting. "When I enlisted, I swore to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic," Sgt. Pusley said. "I just want to be sure all these kids go home safe for Christmas."

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Retired Sandy Hook Principal Will Return to Her Old Job

Donna Page, the retired principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, will return to her former post when the school reopens, her husband confirmed Tuesday night.

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AFSA Calls on Obama to Create School Safety Task Force

A national task force on school safety should be the first policy step of the Obama Administration in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary according to a school principals’ union that sent a letter to the White House today urging immediate action.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Donates $500 Million to Education Charity

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is donating nearly $500 million in stock to a Silicon Valley charity with the aim of funding health and education issues.

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