Duncan pledges more help for parents seeking federal college loans

The Education Department is taking new steps to help parents obtain federal college loans if their applications are rejected because of minor problems in their credit history — an effort to address complaints about tighter lending standards that has hurt enrollment at historically black colleges and universities. (Wash. Post)

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Armed hostage hoax at Anne Arundel Community College

A homeless man called 911 Tuesday pretending to be an Anne Arundel Community College professor and falsely claimed that a female student on campus was holding eight students hostage at gunpoint, police said. After police investigated the call, which came in after noon, they quickly found no hostages and no student with a gun. (Balt. Sun)

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Savage temporary library to open Aug. 26

While its main library undergoes renovation work, the Savage library branch will open a temporary location Aug. 26. The "express" library will be located in the shopping center at the intersection of Route 1 and Gorman Road. Visitors will be able to check out a small selection of popular books, pick up reserves and drop off books at the location. The temporary library will offer some HiTech and children's courses. (Patuxent)

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August 15 // Undocumented immigrants have different college costs in Va. and Md.

Tania Herrera graduated from high school in Loudoun County with a 3.2 grade-point average and an admission letter from her dream school: Radford University. Then she hit a roadblock. As an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Herrera was not eligible for in-state tuition at the Virginia public school. If she lived just a few miles away, in Maryland, Herrera’s path to college might be different. Maryland is one of about a dozen states that passed Dream Act legislation that grants in-state tuition to undocumented students who meet certain qualifications. (Wash. Post)

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Unique partnership builds college pipeline for Baltimore students

College Park has joined a network of colleges that recruits KIPP charter students. (Balt. Sun)

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City principals kick off year of 'what's possible'

Baltimore administrators kicked off the coming school year Wednesday in an unconventional ceremony during which interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards told them that they would be encouraged to take risks, make mistakes and push the limits of what's possible. (Balt. Sun)

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UM ranks as 13th greenest campus

The University of Maryland College Park, which likes to tout itself as a leading public research institution, has added a little more green to its laurels. Sierra Magazine ranks the state's flagship campus as the 13th greenest university in its latest national rating of "Cool Schools." (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland court to hear Belward Farm case in September

A battle over a 138-acre farm in Gaithersburg is scheduled to come before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis next month. According to a statement released by the descendants of Elizabeth Beall Banks, the woman who sold the land to Johns Hopkins University at a fraction of its market value decades ago, the Court of Special Appeals will hear their appeal on Sept. 3. (Gazette)

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