A Baltimore neighborhood is mostly white, the school is mostly black. They’re trying to foster a relationship.

The students showed up on Eleanor Schwartz’s front porch with a handwritten note and a potted sunflower. They were going door-to-door along Hampden’s Berry Street with a mission: Change the way adults think about their school. The Academy for College and Career Exploration is in the heart of the North Baltimore neighborhood, but students ride the bus there from all corners of the city. At a school where most students are black, in a neighborhood where the majority of residents are white, the students are trying to tackle assumptions about who they are. In this hyper-segregated city, students choose from a portfolio of citywide high schools, regardless of where they live. (Balt. Sun)

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Washington County officials monitoring proposed Md. educational initiatives

With the start of the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session a month away, Washington County government and education officials said they are watching proposed education legislation carefully. “It’s all very uncertain,” Washington County Commissioners President Jeff Cline said. Recent figures from the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, or Kirwan Commission, suggest a potential local contribution increase of $5.9 million annually within the next decade. On Thursday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced his Building Opportunity Act, touted as the “largest investment in school construction in Maryland history” in a release from his office, which also was shared in a news release by Washington County government. (Herald-Mail)

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MCPS Again Pursuing Water Bottle Filling Stations for Every Secondary School

The Montgomery County Board of Education again this year will ask the county government for money to install water bottle filling stations at each school. A resolution, introduced by the school board last week, asks the Montgomery County Council for $200,000 to “purchase and install at least one water bottle filling station in all secondary schools that do not currently have filling stations installed.” “It’s really about equity,” school board member Rebecca Smondrowski said. “We know a lot of our schools aren’t capable of raising outside funds … so just making sure we’re doing what we can to make sure everyone has equal access.” (Bethesda)

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Baltimore Youth Hold Climate Strike In Support Of Renewable Energy Resolution

As world leaders gather at the United Nations’ annual climate conference, young people rallied to influence elected officials to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change. For the second time since September, climate advocates took their cause to the streets of Baltimore, led primarily by young people. The group rallied in support of a resolution calling for 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2030. “This is important to me personally because I think it’s the biggest challenge facing our generation,” rally organizer Trinity Eimer said. “I think it’s the biggest challenge facing the world in this moment.” (WJZ-TV)

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University of Maryland, Baltimore taps interim president to replace Perman

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has named a new interim president who will take over for Dr. Jay A. Perman when he exits his role as head of the institution early next year. Dr. Bruce Jarrell, current executive vice president and provost at UMB, has been selected by the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents to head up the school until a permanent president has been selected.  Perman is leaving the position he has held since 2010 to succeed Robert L. Caret as chancellor of USM. Jarrell will take over for Perman effective Jan. 6. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Montgomery Co. schools will train students to stop blood loss in crisis

It will come as no surprise that school districts nationwide are changing protocols to protect students against mass shootings. Now, schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, are taking it a step further, preparing their staff and some students to “Stop the Bleed.” Through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, the school system will place tourniquets in every elementary, middle and high school. “Just like how we have fire alarms, it is a safety precaution measure, so in case something bad happens, so that we’re prepared to keep our students safe,” said Cara Grant, the supervisor of the district’s health and physical education. (WTOP)

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Leadership Allegany! class participates in Education Day

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Allegany! class of 2019 participated in the program’s annual Education Day co-hosted by the Allegany County Public Schools, Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University and Bishop Walsh School. The day’s theme was “Ensuring Student Success in a Changing World.” ACM president Cynthia Bambara welcomed class members to the college where they heard updates on how ACM is ensuring student success in a changing world through business partnerships. (Times-News)

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Wash. Co., Tri-State schools embracing technology in the classroom

Washington County Public Schools is ahead of the technological curve compared to many other Tri-State school districts, according to officials. The district of around 23,000 students launched its Digital Learning Plan in 2015, with all students grade three to 12 being assigned an iPad by 2016. Last fall, a pilot program with Chromebooks started at North Hagerstown High, with another launching this past spring at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. In January, the board of education approved a replacement program for iPads at Boonsboro High School, as part of a plan to determine what works best for high schoolers. (Herald-Mail)

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