About 800 Montgomery Co. school buses affected by national safety recall

A school bus manufacturer is recalling as many as 53,000 buses nationwide, including hundreds belonging to Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Daimler Trucks North America issued the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution because the seat backs on the buses might not have enough padding to properly protect passengers in a crash. Some 800 of the more than 1,300 buses in Montgomery County Public Schools’ fleet are affected. (WTOP)

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Chesapeake Bay's 'magical' island classroom swallowed up by rising waters

This is the way the Fox Island Environmental Education Center ends: not with a gale or wrecking ball, but with the slow inevitability of wind and waves. After four decades of hosting students and teachers, the spartan, barracks-style building that stands on stilts in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is closing its doors at the end of this season, likely in early December. (Delmarva)

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Baltimore school board expected to approve early start to classes next year, cutting summer short for students

Baltimore school officials are flexing their control over the district’s academic calendar and proposing classes start before Labor Day next year. The Maryland General Assembly returned scheduling power to local school boards during the last session, passing legislation undoing Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 executive order that mandated starting after Labor Day each year. (Balt. Sun)

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Buried in paper, law schools pledge to cut marketing waste

With mountainous stacks of promotional magazines, postcards and pamphlets cluttering their offices, law school leaders are working to cut back on the amount of marketing materials they send to their peers at other U.S. law schools. S.I. Strong, a law professor at the University of Missouri, said she and her colleagues have been bombarded by other law schools’ self-promoting publications, particularly around this time of year, when U.S. News & World Report sends surveys to all law schools as part of its annual peer-review ranking process. (Daily Record)

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Morgan State Adding State’s First Degree Program In Cloud Computing

The Morgan State University’s Board of Regents approved the addition of a new degree program. The university will now offer a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cloud Computing. Pending approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the creation of a Cloud Computing degree undergraduate program at Morgan would mark the first such program of its kind offered at a Maryland university. (WJZ-TV)

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Public to get first look at Montgomery County boundary study

Montgomery County’s Board of Education will hear from the consultants it hired to do a districtwide analysis of school boundaries. The school board will hold its first hearing on the work that the consultants at WXY have done on the first phase of the project on Monday, Nov. 18. Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said that the study is just that: an analysis of existing boundaries. (WTOP)

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Perman praised, but USM search leaves questions for troubled system

The University System of Maryland’s selection of University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay Perman as its next chancellor has been widely hailed as the right choice, but the selection process has raised questions about a system dogged by issues of transparency and accountability. (Daily Record)

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Explorers discover WWII sub sunk with five Naval Academy graduates aboard

Five Naval Academy graduates were aboard the USS Grayback in February 1944 during its final combat mission of World War II, including commanding officer John Anderson Moore. Cmdr. Moore was among 80 sailors aboard when the boat disappeared on Feb. 26, and was presumed to have died with the rest of his crew. The exact whereabouts of the sub remained a mystery for 75 years. (Capitol)

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