Thursday, April 18, 2013
The policy ends the ban of some social media sites in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education unanimously passed a new social media policy for students and employees Wednesday night. While the policy ends the ban of some social media sites in classrooms, it also provides conduct guidelines—something Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) have not had in the past. The board passed both the employee and student policy with little debate. Under the new policy, "AACPS may provide access to designated social media sites deemed appropriate for students, solely for bona fide instructional purposes, on AACPS computers, tablets, or other mobile devices." The board policy defines social media sites as: “Any online or Internet based platform that allows interactive communication between persons …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The school board will review proposed guidelines for usage of social media by Anne Arundel County Public School students and employees.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education got a first look on Wednesday at proposals that would end the ban of some social media sites in schools and offer guidelines for appropriate conduct when using social media. The proposed policies attempt to define the limitations and use of social media for both Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) employees and students on and off school grounds. Board member Deborah Ritchie pointed out that the phrase "social media" doesn’t just encompass one or two websites. “People are concerned when they hear 'social media' but this is about the use of social media," Ritchie said. "It is so much more than Facebook and Twitter." In the draft regulation, AACPS defines a social media site as: "Any online …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Anne Arundel County Public Schools currently do not have a social media policy.
The Anne Arundel County school board will discuss a new social media policy at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday morning. The board will give a first read to a new policy that could end the ban of some social media sites in the classroom. Currently, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesman Bob Mosier said the school system does not have a social media policy. Mosier said every new policy or regulation goes before the board three times. Wednesday is the first time the members will see this policy. The board will only give it a first read and there will not be a vote until the third reading. “These policies and regulations are designed to be able to take advantage of opportunities as it relates to instructional purposes,” Mosier …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
After a failed attempt in 2012, members of Anne Arundel County's delegation are trying again to make the county's school board an elected office.
Members of Anne Arundel County's Statehouse delegation are trying to convert the county School Board from an appointed position to an elected one. The governor appoints School Board members that are vetted for him by an 11-member School Board Nominating Commission. Once appointed, new members are subjected to a retention vote during the next general election. "The Board manages regulations around Anne Arundel County schools and control 53 percent of the taxes that every Anne Arundel county taxpayer pays," said Del. Nic Kipke (R-Pasadena). "The bill that we introduced ... is that all the School Board be elected by the people." Sen. Bryan Simonaire introduced two bills to Maryland's Senate on Jan. 14. One proposes amending the state's …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Members of the Anne Arundel County School Board adopted capital and operating budgets for fiscal year 2013 with only one opposer.
11:30 a.m.—Meeting concludes. The board is set to gather once more at 1 p.m. to discuss various action items including the Compromise Street parking garage. 11:19 a.m.—Board is discussing "Award of Contracts" topics and addressing businesses that have acquired contracts to work on local schools. The list of items is below: 11:10 a.m.—Board is wrapping up its discussion of legislation proposed at the General Assembly. 11:00 a.m.—The board passes a motion eight to zero for a "concessions stand bond up to $150,000" at Meade High. 10:56 a.m.—The board is discussing the possible installment of concessions stands and new bathrooms at Meade High's athletic fields. Peterson says his daughter went to Meade and that the school's concession "wasn't…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Only four people elected to speak at the public hearing Tuesday night.
A small turnout at Old Mill High School made Tuesday night's school board public hearing last no longer than 25 minutes. Only four people elected to give testimony at the hearing, with each commending the board and Superintendent Kevin Maxwell for the proposed budget. Old Mill parent Lisa Shore said she wasn't surprised by the hearing's brevity. "This isn't the time where [the budget] is going to be an issue," Shore said. "Thursday will be different," said Ray Leone, president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs, referencing the next hearing when the school budget for fiscal year 2013 will be discussed again in Annapolis. Come back to Patch for more updates Wednesday.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
A flustered parent implored the board to do something to stop sexually charged dancing among students because it still happens despite efforts to curb it.
A parent wants to outlaw a sexually loaded dance move at school dances, saying that principals haven’t done enough to stop the activity. At least one school board member agrees, calling the activity sexual harassment. The parent, who wished to remain nameless for fear of backlash against his child, told the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday that grinding has become a “countywide crisis of misconduct.” He claimed to represent other parents who want stricter guidelines for what happens on the dance floor. “The problem is that a form of dancing, commonly called grinding, openly occurs at dances with little effort to effectively stop it,” he said. “This naturally leads to more egregious sexual behavior within a close-…