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  • Arlotto Announces Changes to Graduation Requirements for Members of Class of 2020

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 4/16/2020

    Superintendent George Arlotto has announced changes to graduation requirements for members of the Class of 2020 and second-semester grading for all students in response to the educational impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Graduating seniors will need to earn 22.5 credits to receive their diploma, 3.5 fewer than the 26 required of Anne Arundel County Public Schools students in previous years but still 1.5 more than required by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reduction comes solely in elective credits and does not impact the required number of credits required in English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, Physical Education, Fine Arts, or Technology. It is applicable to the Class of 2020 only. 

    “As our students have navigated a monthlong school closure, a transition to online learning, and untold challenges to their normal family lives, we have discussed myriad ways to help ensure that these circumstances entirely out of their control do not negatively impact their futures,” said Dr. Arlotto, who presented the changes to the Board of Education at its meeting last night. “We have preached equity, grace, patience, and flexibility, and this plan for our seniors is in line with that mindset.”

    Specific requirements for graduation are contained in Administrative Regulation IIC-RA.

    To earn a diploma, seniors also need to satisfy MSDE requirements in one of three required options: World Language (2 credits); Advanced Technology (2 credits); or Career & Technology Education (4 credits). A student’s chosen pathway impacts the number of elective credits required to graduate.

    The changes, Dr. Arlotto said, will allow students to focus exclusively on any MSDE required credits rather than AACPS elective credits and afford students in danger of not graduating to reassess their options and potentially earn a diploma.

    Counselors will work closely with students and families who have questions about coursework.

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  • 3 HS Juniors Named as Finalists to be 2020-21 Student Member of the BOE

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 4/8/2020

    The Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) announced on its Twitter page (@CRASC_Online) today that three 11th grade students have been named finalists for the 2020-2021 student member on the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County.

    The students, selected from a field of six applicants, are:

    • Conor Curran, Old Mill High School
    • Princess Merritt, Meade High School
    • Drake Smith, Meade High School

    The Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) election is sponsored by CRASC. The student member is appointed by the Governor, serves a one-year term during his or her senior year of high school, and receives an $8,000 college scholarship.  Anne Arundel’s student member is the only one in the nation on a local Board of Education with full voting rights.

    The election to determine the candidate whose name will be forwarded to the governor for appointment will take place later this month or early next month.

    CRASC’s constitution and bylaws call for high schools and middle schools in the county to be allotted a predetermined number of delegates, based on each school’s enrollment, at the election. Delegates will represent student government, the arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities.

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