Dance resignation leaves his school initiatives in question

In his five years as Baltimore County schools superintendent, Dallas Dance has been a forceful, energetic — and sometimes controversial — presence in a diverse suburban district known both for its outstanding and struggling schools. His abrupt resignation last week leaves open the possibility that many of his initiatives — some of them just recently launched — could be delayed or dropped under an interim superintendent to be hired in the next two months. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland medical school gets $9 million grant for malaria research

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has received a $9 million, seven-year federal grant to research and develop tools to help eliminate drug-resistant malaria. Through the grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, university researchers will develop tools to detect malaria in people who do not have symptoms in order to better target the mosquito-borne disease. (Balt. Sun)

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Naval Academy looks to allies for foreign exchange programs as way to save costs

The Naval Academy has signed an agreement with the naval academy in South Korea for a semester exchange program, part of a larger trend to save costs by partnering with foreign ally counterparts. The academy has the goal of sending about 500 midshipmen abroad every year. The highest number the institution has sent abroad in one semester is 450 students. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel school board, unions, agree to increase in drug copays

As part of an effort to curb health care cost for the Anne Arundel County Public School System, three of the schools' unions agreed to increases in copays for some prescriptions drugs to save the school system about $400,000. The three-year agreement starts in 2018. The school system's health care fund has faced about a $20 million deficit in the past two years. (Capital)

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Amid groundswell in cybersecurity courses, novel UMD seminar permits students to hack campus network

The young men and a lone woman arrive in dark T-shirts with logos for "Digital Forensics" and "Major League Hacking." They unzip sleeves to razor-thin laptops, plug into the lab monitors, and commence an assault that in another place and time could send them to jail. Their assignment: hack their college. They are a class of honors students at the University of Maryland, College Park who can read in C-code, compute in binary, and whose studies have brought them to this new frontier in cybersecurity education. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford's 2017 Teacher of the Year holds high expectations for her students with special needs

Amy Mangold runs her classroom at the John Archer School in the same manner as any other pre-K and kindergarten classroom in the county. She sings to the children, teaches them fundamentals such as numbers and colors and reinforces life skills like sharing and good manners. The difference between Mangold's classroom and a general education classroom for the same age group is that the students she serves have multiple emotional, mental and physical special needs, such as autism, intellectual disabilities, vision impairments and orthopedic impairments. Mangold, recently named Harford County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2017, also has a much smaller class than standard kindergarten classrooms. (Aegis)

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Hood College Republicans field criticism after campus display

Members of the Hood College Republicans spent Sunday night fielding questions from fellow students who were frustrated — and in many cases, angered — by a recent display by the group in the Whitaker Campus Center. The club sparked controversy on Tuesday by decorating a board in the campus center with posters and pictures from the modern conservative movement, many of which included views that students viewed as hostile to minorities. One quote, from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, read, “Transgender people are unfortunately suffering from a significant mental illness that is deeply harmful ... Biology is biology; men can’t magically become women, and women can’t magically become men.” (News-Post)

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High school students prepare for public safety careers in fire service cadet program

Jess Clancy became a Harford County firefighter cadet because she wants to help people; Blake Godwin joined because his brother is part of a volunteer fire company; Zack Radcliffe joined at the encouragement of Blake and because he thought "it would be cool to be able help someone out every day." "I thought it would look good on college applications, and now I've learned to love it," cadet Sam Queen said. All four youths are part of the Harford County Cadet Program, a joint effort of the county's Volunteer Fire & EMS Association and the public schools to provide professional firefighter, EMS and rescue training for high school students interested in a career in public safety. (Aegis)

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