Contract of Johns Hopkins University president extended five years

Ronald J. Daniels, president of the Johns Hopkins University, has been given a contract extension to lead the school for five more years, according to an announcement posted by the university. According to the announcement, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Daniels' contract. In a statement, board chairman Jeffrey H. Aronson said that the board extended Daniels' contract because he could "build upon our tremendous strengths, and develop a lasting consensus for what Johns Hopkins can, should, and will be in the 21st century." (Balt. Sun)

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OrchKids gets $1 million gift from Robert Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker

OrchKids, the program that puts musical instruments into the hands of Baltimore schoolchildren, announced Friday that it is receiving a $1 million gift that will allow it to double the number of students it serves. The donation from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, which was announced during a news conference at Baltimore City Hall, will expand the number of participating public schools from five to eight by 2019 and will increase the program's enrollment from 750 students to 1,600 attending pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. (Balt. Sun)

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Schools find savings on new buses

Frederick County schools are trying something different this year to save money on buses. The school system will save about $20,000 on the 21 buses it plans to buy, according to Stephen Starmer, purchasing manager for Frederick County Public Schools. For the first time, the division partnered with 10 other school systems to gain leverage in the bidding process. (News-Post)

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Maryland professor receives grant to fund cancer vaccine

A University of Maryland, College Park, professor is designing a cancer vaccine that could be used to treat children without risking the harmful side effects of chemotherapy, and is now being backed by a national cancer foundation. Christopher Jewell, a UM assistant professor of bioengineering, received a $375,000 grant in December from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer to support his research as it applies to pediatric cancer. (Gazette)

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Amid contention, work begins on Howard schools budget

With Superintendent Renee Foose's $742 million operating budget made public last week, the work to review and tweak the proposal has begun for both the Board of Education and a group of appointed citizens — a group that worried some of their purview was being curtailed by the administration. In the past, the committee members reviewed the entire budget. This year, however, committee members said Foose and her staff directed them to look at four specific areas of the budget, and members have said staff have told them to look at those four areas — and only those four. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County parents' questions answered at Common Core session

When the deadline to implement the new Common Core State Standards Initiative came at the start of this school year, some districts across the country — and state — treated the change “like a light-switch,” said Howard County Public School System Executive Director of School Improvement and Curricular Programs Clarissa Evans. Howard County didn’t, and that has made a big difference, Evans said Thursday night at an information session. Howard has been implementing aspects of the Common Core for three years, Evans said, and that came after an analysis from the system to ensure students wouldn’t have educational gaps during the transition. (Balt. Sun)

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Students embrace King tenets on non violence to resolve conflict

Eighth grader Danyelle Taylor has learned about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in school, but she got an up-close peek at King-era mementos Sunday — including a 1957 letter the civil rights leader wrote his literary agent and a program from the 1962 March on Washington. Math teacher Rachel McGrain, as a reward from the Knowledge and Success Academy School in Baltimore, took Taylor and seventh-grader Tiary Johnson to visit to a special exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. (Balt. Sun)

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Hagerstown Community College graphic design student's concept chosen for Cycle United fundraising event logo

In search of a logo for this year’s annual Cycle United fundraising event, United Way of Washington County turned to a Hagerstown Community College graphic design student to come up with the concept for it. Meredith Brown of Hagerstown, a full-time employee at First Data majoring in graphic design technology at HCC, designed the logo for the event after her concept was selected by United Way among entries from a group of students who did it for a class assignment. (Herald-Mail)

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