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Minority middle schoolers learn STEM skills in Morgan State program

Young businessmen presented their products before their peers Tuesday in a classroom at Morgan State University, giving pitches about features and attributes, and fielding questions in sessions that resembled episodes of the reality television show "Shark Tank."

When they were done, the youngsters — all students in grades six through nine — had no investors. But they had learned something about business,...

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Education officials say PARCC saved $2.5M compared to previous state tests

State education officials say new standardized tests last year saved the state more than $2.5 million, compared to previous state assessments.

The state Board of Education received an overview Tuesday of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing, which was first used in Maryland during the 2014-2015 school year.

Statewide, 1.3 million tests were completed during the...

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Ferguson criticizes conditions of school building in Cherry Hill

State Sen. Bill Ferguson walked slowly through the nearly empty halls of New Era Academy, taking note of the peeling paint on the walls and the furniture strewn throughout the building.

Periodically, he'd stop and put his hands on his hips, shaking his head while muttering under his breath.

"It just makes me sad," he said.

Ferguson visited the campus, which will hold both Maritime Industries Academy...

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Maryland granted new three-year waiver for No Child Left Behind

Maryland received a new three-year waiver Thursday from the Department of Education for the federal No Child Left Behind law, providing the state flexibility in meeting some of the act's strict requirements.

The decision, which extends the waiver the state first received in 2012, "allows school districts to look at accountability in a different way and spend more time making sure every student is...

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Cummings offers inspiration, advice to visiting squash athletes

Dozens of teenagers listened intently to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings on Monday morning at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club as he gave a speech encouraging them to take charge of their destinies.

"You have been chosen," he told them. "Whatever it is that you believe is stopping you from being all you can be, you need to change that right now."

Cummings' talk was part of a citizenship tour by the National...

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How Baltimore schools became aware of 'purge' threat on day of unrest

In the wee hours of April 26, Cody Dorsey, a recent graduate of Digital Harbor High School, foresaw that the school week could open in chaos.

At 12:49 a.m. Sunday, the former student commissioner on the city school board wrote to city schools CEO Gregory Thornton and his chief of staff Naomi Gubernick, imploring them to consider closing schools Monday, after disturbances downtown over the weekend.

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