Education Digest


School board plans to confer tomorrow with the NAACP

The Howard County Board of Education will meet informally with members of the education committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The meeting is open to the public.

The board will also hold a public work session to discuss full-day kindergarten at 4 p.m. in the boardroom.

Information: 410-313-7197.

Free, reduced-price meal guideline are revised

The Howard County public school system has announced revised income-eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals and for free milk.

The guidelines, which are effective through June 30 next year, are set by the federal government and adopted for students across the state.

Household size and income determine eligibility.

Households receiving food stamps or temporary cash assistance (TCA) will receive a letter at the start of the school year stating that their children have been approved for free school meals.

The letter will also state that these households should not complete a form for free meals this year.

Households not receiving food stamps or TCA will receive a letter and a meal benefit form to apply for free and reduced-price meals on or before the first day of school.

Copies are also available in the principal's office.

Information: 410-313-6738 or Maryland Relay at 800-735-2258.

Inclusive education slated as topic of course

The Maryland State Department of Education will sponsor a 14-session course for educators, advocates and parents of children with disabilities, "Parents & Professionals as Partners," on Fridays and Saturdays from October through May.

The course, which features nationally known speakers and local experts in the field of inclusive education, will also build a partnership to improve the effectiveness of inclusion in Baltimore and Howard counties. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about resources, contacts and teaching strategies, as well as leadership and communication skills to increase their effectiveness as advocates.

The group will meet for seven Friday sessions from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and seven Saturday workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fees and tuition costs will be waived for eligible participants. Registration is due by Aug. 1.

Information: Jan Ulrich, 410-203-2528.

Home-schoolers to hold curriculum swap today

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold a curriculum swap from 9 a.m. to noon today at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

New and gently used books, programs, equipment, resources and supplies will be for sale. Families will have an opportunity to learn about a variety of educational materials from parents and children who have used them. Admission is free to shoppers.

Sellers must register in advance. The cost is minimal. To register, send your name, address and phone number to

Backpacks-supplies drive needs sponsors, donors

Prepare for Success, a community project to provide backpacks and school supplies to Howard County students from low-income families, seeks sponsors and donors.

Information: 410-309-9695.

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