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Andrew Smarick elected president of Maryland State Board of Education

Andrew Smarick, a longtime education policy expert who has worked on the national and state level, was elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education Tuesday.

Smarick, who was appointed as a member of the school board a year ago by Gov. Larry Hogan, works as a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit. He was formerly an education official at the U.S.

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Kevin Plank donates $1 million to Baltimore's CollegeBound Foundation

The CollegeBound Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that has helped thousands of Baltimore city graduates attend and complete college, has received its second seven-figure donation in three months.The latest donation is a $1 million gift from The Cupid Foundation, a charitable organization established by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank.

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Computer game improves children's math performance

Parents whose children struggle with math may have new reason to be hopeful: A recent study at the Johns Hopkins University suggests that young people can improve their performance by carrying out a few simple computer exercises unrelated to numbers or math symbols.

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A head start on the future for little graduates

Twelve three-year-olds from Baltimore recently took part in a rite of passage usually reserved for older children. They donned caps and gowns and walked in a procession as part of an unofficial commencement ceremony marking the end of their time in plain old day care and their move up to pre-school next month.

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Year Up gives Baltimore youths a different path to jobs

Ja'Meia Jackson thought she'd never get a good job.

After graduating from high school in 2009, she drifted from one low-paying job to the next, working a cash register at a Macy's, leading football fans to their seats at FedEx Field, collecting tickets at Six Flags America.

She took classes at Prince George's Community College but struggled with assignments while working long hours, and dropped out.

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Maryland School for the Blind appoints new superintendent and education director

The Maryland School for the Blind has appointed a new superintendent and education director, according to an announcement released Monday.

W. Robert Hair was selected for the positions at the school in Northeast Baltimore. He worked previously at schools for the blind in Massachusetts and South Carolina.

In his new roles, Hair will oversee on-campus and outreach services, according to the announcement.

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