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College admissions, scholarships, and overall well-roundedness: why class rank is still important

By Ian Dinmore

Recently, it has been proposed that the class rank system in Anne Arundel County be abolished. The champion of this issue is our student representative on the school board, Josie Urrea. Urrea, a senior at Severna Park High School, the current Student Member of the Board (SMOB), and Vice President of the Board of Education (BOE), claims that class rank creates a toxic environment where students are pitted against each other, saying this occurs across the county. Her solution is to terminate the class rank system, with it the valedictorian and salutatorian awards, and focus more on the cum laude honors system that was implemented in 2017.

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Board of Education for AACPS begins discussion on abolishing class rank

By Caitlyn Freeman 

The members of the Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS)  began deliberations on the school system’s grading policy during the meeting of the BOE on Wednesday, April 3rd. After discussion, the board voted to send forth a policy change, which would abolish the class rank system starting in the 2021-2022 school year, to public comment for a period of 30-days.

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Board of Education for AACPS votes in support of bill to create training for special education advocates

By Caitlyn Freeman 

The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) voted to support Maryland Senate Bill (SB) 1016 during the meeting of the board on Wednesday, March 20th. The bill would require the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to create a “Voluntary Ethical Special Education Advocate Certificate Program” for those who are special education advocates.  Continue reading “Board of Education for AACPS votes in support of bill to create training for special education advocates”

Accusations of bias and discrimination fly at latest Crofton Area High School redistricting meeting

By Natalie Adams

The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) held a meeting open to public comment on the proposals for redistricting for the Crofton Area High School on Tuesday, March 19th at Arundel High School. At the meeting, parents and community members made claims of discrimination and bias towards the proposals, redistricting committee, and other attendees.

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The Board of Education for AACPS revises and adopts Dr. Arlotto’s recommended budget

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By Caitlyn Freeman

The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) adopts a $172 million capital budget and a $1.27 billion operating budget for fiscal year (FY) 2020 during the meeting of the board on Monday, February 25th.

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Arundel’s Global Community Citizenship Class becomes a countywide graduation requirement

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By Caitlyn Freeman 

The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) passed a motion 8-0 on Wednesday, February 6th making the Global Community Citizenship class, which was piloted at Arundel High School, a countywide graduation requirement starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

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Arundel’s first all-gender bathroom reopens in new location

By Natalie Adams

Arundel’s first all-gender bathroom was opened on Friday, December 14th, but closed later that day due to misuse. Almost two months later, the bathroom was reopened on Monday, February 4th, albeit in a new location.
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Arundel tests positive for lead in drinking water

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By Caitlyn Freeman 

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) released the updated results from the county-wide testing for lead content in school water sources on Friday, February 1st. Eight water sources at Arundel High tested positive for elevated lead content.

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Three things to know about this week’s Board of Education meeting

By Natalie Adams

The Board of Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) conducted their bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday, February 6th. Here are three notable events from the meeting.

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Members of The Board of Education for AACPS elect new President and Vice President

By Caitlyn Freeman 

During the bi-weekly Board of Education meeting for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) on Wednesday, February 6th, former board Vice President, Terry Gilleland was elected President and Josie Urrea was elected Vice President of the Board. Urrea, a senior at Severna Park High School and the current Student Member of the Board (SMOB), is the youngest Vice President to serve on the board.                          

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