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Heat index forecast near 100 Friday to test Baltimore County school heat policy

Baltimore County's 37 schools without air-conditioning will likely be closed on Friday under a recently adopted policy requiring those schools to close when the heat index is forecast to reach at least 90 degrees.

"More than likely we will have to be implementing the policy," said Superintendent Dallas Dance.

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Baltimore County schools to continue study of religious holiday issue

Despite rejecting a move to close schools on certain Muslim holidays, Baltimore County school board members said they aren't dropping the issue.

The decision to continue examining when schools should close for religious holidays came after a contentious meeting at which the board voted 6-5 not to grant the holiday closures requested by members of the Muslim community.

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Classrooms in Maryland's juvenile facilities to get more technology

Maryland's juvenile facilities will see an increase in technology in classrooms as part of an ongoing effort to improve the long-beleaguered education system for young offenders.

The Maryland State Department of Education announced this week that 300 tablet devices will be available to youths detained in the state's 13 juvenile facilities.

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Maryland students score slightly better in PARCC math exams

Maryland public school students improved their performance slightly in the second year of tough new state tests, but overall, in every grade and subject, fewer than half the students were able to pass.

The state's new school superintendent, Karen Salmon, put a positive spin on the results, but one veteran school board member said they were cause for dismay.

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Maryland state school board expected to delay development of new middle school social studies test

The Maryland State Board of Education is expected to delay the development of a new middle school social studies test for at least a year, a small victory for advocates hoping to reduce the amount of testing in schools.

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3,000 backpacks with school supplies available for Baltimore County students

Baltimore County officials will give out 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies during back-to-school fairs on Tuesday.

The fairs will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Banneker Community Center, 27 Main Ave. in Catonsville; the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown; and the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk.

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