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Maryland school board approves discipline guidelines

Maryland school board approves discipline guidelines

The Maryland state school board voted this week to distribute a set of discipline guidelines intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero tolerance policies of the past two decades.

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Board OKs pact to protect UM security breach victims

Board OKs pact to protect UM security breach victims

The state Board of Public Works approved a contract worth an estimated $2.6 million Wednesday for a firm to monitor the credit activity of an estimated 300,000 people whose personal information was exposed as a result of a computer security breach...

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Maryland to give harder tests for high school graduation requirement

Maryland to give harder tests for high school graduation requirement 

Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland's public high schools.

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Maryland gets waiver extension for teacher evaluations

Maryland gets waiver extension for teacher evaluations

Maryland can put off using test scores to evaluate teachers through the next school year under a waiver to federal law.

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Stevenson U. names interim business dean

Stevenson U. names interim business dean 

Aris Melissaratos, a former Maryland secretary of business and economic development, has been named Stevenson University's interim business school dean, the university announced Monday.

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Middle school students think big, build 'tiny'

Middle school students think big, build 'tiny'

More than 50 Maryland middle-schools students have been building a house during a summer camp in Annapolis — not a routine task for teens and preteens.

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Naval Academy, community college join forces for Arabic immersion effort

Naval Academy, community college join forces for Arabic immersion effort

Eric Thompson said among the first challenges in his Arab immersion class was learning the Arabic word for "yes."

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Towson U. recognized by NSA

Towson U. recognized by NSA

Towson University is one of five schools recognized Tuesday by the National Security Agency's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.

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Washington College names interim president

Washington College names interim president

Washington College in Chestertown has named Jack Griswold, an investment executive, as the interim president of the college, according to a press release issued Monday.

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Nat'l Sailing Hall of Fame helps Arundel students practice nautical science

Nat'l Sailing Hall of Fame helps Arundel students practice nautical science

The Dreambuilder was making slow progress. The 35-foot-long sailboat meandered in the waters off Annapolis on Wednesday as its teenage crew stood on deck and watched in dismay.

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National Sailing Hall of Fame hosts program for STEM students [Pictures]

National Sailing Hall of Fame hosts program for STEM students [Pictures]

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For more college freshmen, an offer to start a semester late

For more college freshmen, an offer to start a semester late

As the fall semester began at Towson University last year, Erin Garnes settled into one of the dormitories and signed up for clubs and other school activities.

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Morgan State's governing board violated Open Meetings Act

Morgan State's governing board violated Open Meetings Act

Morgan State University's Board of Regents violated the state open meetings law when it did not give proper notice of a hastily convened executive committee meeting, the Open Meetings Compliance Board found this week.

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Case of alleged student rape at Morgan State still open

Case of alleged student rape at Morgan State still open

The city police investigation into the alleged rape of a Morgan State University student earlier this year remains open, contrary to a report by the university last week.

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Student scores have largest one-year drop since MSAs began

Student scores have largest one-year drop since MSAs began

Student test scores had the largest one-year drop since the Maryland School Assessments began a decade ago — an outcome that many had predicted after officials changed what teachers taught in the classroom but not the annual test.

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Goucher, UMBC named 'Best Buys' in Fiske college guide

Goucher, UMBC named 'Best Buys' in Fiske college guide

Goucher College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County were named "Best Buys" in the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges this week.

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Notre Dame gets $1.5 million gift for nursing program

Notre Dame gets $1.5 million gift for nursing program

An alumna of Notre Dame of Maryland University gave the college a $1.5 million gift that will fund an endowed chair in its School of Nursing.

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UMUC considering plan to become independent nonprofit with ties to university system

UMUC considering plan to become independent nonprofit with ties to university system

The University of Maryland University College, which has been struggling with declining enrollment, is considering severing some ties with the state university system to avoid burdensome regulations and work more closely with the private sector.

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City seeks to curb pre-K and kindergarten suspensions

City seeks to curb pre-K and kindergarten suspensions

Baltimore principals will be required to take extra steps before suspending 4- and 5-year-olds under a new policy that seeks to curb the practice of kicking the youngest students out of school.

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Arundel school board censures former member Peterson for 'startling' remarks

Arundel school board censures former member Peterson for 'startling' remarks

A former Anne Arundel County school board member says he'll resign from a school system ethics panel after being censured by the board for comments he made last month, including a reference to then-interim superintendent Mamie Perkins as "Aunt Jemima."

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Pruski's exit from school board for County Council run leaves seat unfilled

Pruski's exit from school board for County Council run leaves seat unfilled

Anne Arundel County school board member Andrew Pruski, who recently won the Democratic nomination for a County Council seat, announced his resignation from the board Wednesday, citing a state law prohibiting candidates from appearing on a general election ballot simultaneously for more than one paid position.

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County school officials pledge better communications on Dumbarton expansion

County school officials pledge better communications on Dumbarton expansion

Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Tuesday pledged to improve communications with Rodgers Forge residents regarding updates and revisions of a controversial proposal to renovate Dumbarton Middle School — a project that involves removal of several historic trees on the property.

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Ulman nominates former candidate Walker to fill school board vacancy

Ulman nominates former candidate Walker to fill school board vacancy

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman on Monday named former school board candidate Larry Walker to fill a board seat that will be vacated when Brian Meshkin steps down Tuesday.

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BCCC warned its accreditation could be in jeopardy

BCCC warned its accreditation could be in jeopardy

Baltimore City Community College has been warned that its accreditation could be in jeopardy amid concerns about its focus, goals and effectiveness, just two years after the college was taken off probation over fixing problems with its assessment of student learning.

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Atholton High student to represent Maryland in Boys Nation program

Atholton High student to represent Maryland in Boys Nation program

Atholton High School's Miles Walker recently captured the state's top prize in an American Legion national government instruction program, an accomplishment that for the 16-year-old rising senior was nearly a lifetime in the making.

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Howard County tops in state in college entrants

Howard County tops in state in college entrants

Howard County Public Schools leads all state systems in percentage of high school graduates that go on to enroll in college, according to Maryland Department of Education data.

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Thornton tours Mervo on first day as city schools CEO

Thornton tours Mervo on first day as city schools CEO

New Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton kicked off his first day on the job Tuesday by visiting summer school sites around the city with new cabinet members and taking stock of some of the work he has in front of him over the next four years.

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Maryland education leaders pledge collaboration to improve evaluation system

Maryland education leaders pledge collaboration to improve evaluation system

The state's major education players — from school boards to teachers unions and superintendents — signed a pledge Friday to work together to fine-tune a new teacher evaluation system put in place this school year.

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UMB official resigns amid fraud lawsuit

UMB official resigns amid fraud lawsuit

A University of Maryland, Baltimore official resigned Thursday amid inquiries into allegations that he defrauded an Oklahoma university of more than $1 million in a previous job and diverted the money to businesses from which he financially benefited.

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Morgan State warned of problems with its largest U.S. research program

Morgan State warned of problems with its largest U.S. research program

Morgan State University mismanaged the largest federal research program in its history, according to the organization that contracted with the school and alerted it to "serious performance and financial deficiencies" earlier this year.

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Md. schools not in compliance with rules for special-ed students

Md. schools not in compliance with rules for special-ed students

Under a new federal accountability system, Maryland is no longer in compliance with the rules governing special-education students because the state's schools exempt a high percentage of students from national testing.

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Southern High students make fashion statement with wearable art

Southern High students make fashion statement with wearable art

When Amanda Hagerman first heard about a wearable art competition, she knew she wanted her Drawing for Fashion students at Southern High School to get involved.

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Union declares impasse in contract talks with Howard school system

Union declares impasse in contract talks with Howard school system

Friday was the last day of school for Howard County students and staff, but protracted contract talks between the school system and the teachers union are headed for summer session.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


Erica Green has covered the Baltimore school system since 2010. Erica attended elementary and middle school in the city before moving to Howard County where she graduated from Wilde Lake High School. She attended Goucher College, and earned her master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her award-winning coverage at The Sun includes investigations into school system spending and the barriers parents face to get special education services for their children.

Liz Bowie began covering education at The Baltimore Sun in 1997, just as Baltimore City turned over part of its control of schools to the state. In 2005, she began covering statewide education issues. She now writes about state and national education reforms, and covers the Baltimore County public schools. During the 2012-2013 academic school year she was a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has written extensively about high schools, homeless teens and Advanced Placement. She is the mother of two Baltimore County public school graduates.

Carrie Wells covers colleges and universities on the higher education beat. She joined The Sun in January 2013 as a breaking news reporter after covering local government for a newspaper in Florida. She's also a proud Terp.
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