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Foreign Languages, Technology, Equality Among Baltimore County Public Schools Priorities

Superintendent Dallas Dance outlined his vision for the 2014–2015 school year during the 'State of the Schools' address.

The vision of Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance for the upcoming school year includes foreign languages, equal learning opportunities and other programs.
The vision of Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance for the upcoming school year includes foreign languages, equal learning opportunities and other programs.

During his "State of the Schools" address this week, Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance highlighted several programs and initiatives that will start next year, according to a statement from Baltimore County Public Schools.

Elaborating on the equity initiative, Dance said: "We're seeing things like race, family income and whether they receive special education services predicting our students' achievement," according to The Baltimore Sun, which reported nearly half of the school system's students qualify for the county's free and reduced-price meal program.

Dance also said the school system would expand its partnership with Towson University to train teachers and launch the Baltimore County Public Schools Parent University to provide workshops for parents to help their children succeed.

The 2014–2015 initiatives built upon the blueprint Dance outlined at least year's address, which focused on technology and languages. Now, he said, the school system is in good shape for achieving the plan.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the state of our schools is strong," Dance said Wednesday before an audience of more than 1,000 students, parents, business leaders, government officials and administrators at Martin's West. "...we are making clear strides to support globally competitive students."

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