Students protest, petition to urge Hopkins, University of Maryland to cut ties with ICE

Amid a national debate over immigration policy under the Trump administration, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park are some of just a very few universities in the nation that have contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With protests and petitions, students on the two campuses have begun demanding the institutions sever ties with ICE — even as administrators counter that their work with the agency has nothing to do with detention or deportation of undocumented immigrants. (Balt. Sun)

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Women warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials about 'hostile work environment' months before lawsuit

An anonymous group of women that included faculty and medical residents warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials in January that prominent surgeons had inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinates and created a “hostile work environment” in the medical school and its affiliated hospital. The women wrote a letter on Jan. 7 to UMB President Jay A. Perman, School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece and other leaders that described a culture where it was believed that women would get ahead if they slept with certain surgeons. (Balt. Sun)

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Many Latino students lag academically in prosperous Maryland County

A troubling number of Latino students in one of the nation’s most prosperous counties are unprepared for kindergarten, lag in reading, drop out of high school and falter as they head to college, according to a report released Thursday. The study, from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, underscores the struggle many Latino students face in Montgomery County, Md., despite being the largest ethnic or racial group in the high-performing suburban school system. “They start out behind and they face really significant challenges in trying to close that gap,” said Amy B. Lewin, the study’s lead author. “They need better support.” (Wash. Post)

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Maryland president Wallace Loh warned backlash would occur if coach DJ Durkin stayed

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said Thursday that he told the school’s governing body that “all hell will break loose” if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player’s death, a warning that went unheeded. Loh told a panel of state lawmakers that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin’s reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn’t do that after the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on a practice field in May and died two weeks later. (Wash. Times)

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Johns Hopkins research underscores impact of black teachers on black students

Black elementary school students who have black teachers are significantly more likely to enroll in college, according to a research paper co-authored by a Johns Hopkins University professor. A working paper published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that black students who have one black teacher by third grade are 13 percent more likely to enroll in college — and those who have two are 32 percent more likely. The findings build on previous research that has found black students are much more likely to graduate from high school if they see a black person at the front of their classroom. (Balt. Sun)

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In Baltimore, a pre-Kirwan pep rally centered on equity

Across Maryland, but especially in Baltimore, there are high expectations for the final report – expected soon – of the Kirwan Commission, the panel assembled by the legislature to overhaul public education. How to measure whether their two-year effort to improve learning – and rework the funding formula – does right by the city’s struggling schools? Preparing to answer that question with one voice, city leaders assembled school officials, parents and students last night at the new Dorothy L. Height Elementary School in Reservoir Hill. (Brew)

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Howard school board race unchanged as absentee ballots are tallied

With the first wave of absentee ballots from last week’s election counted, the outcome of the Howard school board race is unchanged. Vicky Cutroneo, Chao Wu, Jen Mallo and Sabina Taj were the winners and will fill four open seats in less than a month. Bob Glascock, the fifth-place candidate who trails Taj by nearly 5,000 votes, said he “is not making a concession statement at this time.” Glascock wants to “let the process unfold the way it’s supposed to,” including the counts of provisional and absentee ballots, which will wrap up Friday. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Elizabeth Warren to deliver Morgan State University winter commencement address

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will deliver Morgan State University’s winter commencement address, the school announced Wednesday. Warren will also receive an honorary doctorate from the Baltimore-based historically black institution during the Dec. 14 ceremony. University President David Wilson said the campus community looks forward to “gaining some positive insights and advice that can be applied now as well in the future.” (Balt. Sun)

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