Lakelands eighth-graders create mosaic mural for school

When Lakelands Park Middle School art teacher Lenore Hoover saw a 2009 Washington Post story about a community mosaic art project in Takoma Park, she was inspired to tackle a similar project with her own students. To turn the dream into reality, the Gaithersburg school invited Maryland artist Arturo Ho, who led the Takoma Park project, to be the school’s artist-in-residence for a few weeks in October, giving him time to work with Hoover and her eighth-grade art students to design and create a class mosaic mural to be displayed in the hallway. (Gazette)

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Oct. 29 // Starr proposes $1.55 billion capital improvements program budget

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he prioritized adding classroom space in his newly proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2015 to 2020. Starr said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He is proposing a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “fiscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. (Gazette)

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Prince George's school board OKs textbooks - that students are already using

By an 11-to-1 vote, the Prince George’s County school board gave final approval to begin using two new textbooks — however, the books had already been purchased and distributed to students at the beginning of the school year. The two textbooks, Algebra II and Geometry, had been approved by the school system’s textbook committees last spring, but were not brought to the board at that time. (Gazette)

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Morgan State student says fraternity rejected him for being gay

Morgan State University has opened an investigation into a student's allegation that members of a fraternity he wanted to join rejected him because he is gay. Brian Stewart said he dreamed of joining Morgan's chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and thought members would be impressed by his academic accomplishments — Stewart said he was a White House intern — but he was rejected the day after his interview. (Balt. Sun)

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Common Core in Baltimore County Public Schools

The 2013-14 school year began with the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Maryland, the District of Columbia and 44 additional states. The new national standards in English/language arts and mathematics symbolize a shift in what it takes for students to be "college and career ready." "It's very challenging," said Richard Weisenhoff, executive director of academics for Baltimore County Public Schools. (Patuxent)

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Harford County Public Schools Achieves Significant Gains in Advanced Placement Participation and SAT Scores

Harford County Public Schools achieved a more than 25 percent increase in participation in Advanced Placement (AP) assessments from 1,824 students in 2012 to 2,292 students in 2013; this at the same time total high school enrollment in the county remained steady. Total enrollment in AP courses in 2013 was 5,896, a 28 percent jump from the previous year, with many students taking multiple AP courses. With a focus on rigor at every level, Harford County anticipates the trend in increased participation and performance to continue. (Dagger)

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Rolling Terrace mold issue continues

Parents remain concerned more than a month after a major mold outbreak at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, even though Montgomery County Public Schools officials say the problem has been remedied as much as possible. On Thursday, the school’s mold problem, which affected about 30 classrooms, came before members of the Montgomery County Council’s education committee, who discussed the issue with school system officials, the county’s health officer and parents. (Gazette)

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MICA names new board of trustees chair

Maryland Institute College of Art has elected Neil A. Meyerhoff as chair of the school’s board of trustees. Meyerhoff began the role Oct. 25, replacing outgoing chair Fredye Gross. Meyerhoff is CEO at Hendersen-Webb Inc., a property management firm in Baltimore County. He is also a freelance photographer. The Baltimore arts college also named Michel Modell, a Baltimore artist, as vice chair. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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