State advocacy group wants role in review of student work-study programs

The Maryland Disability Law Center said it wants to participate in Montgomery County Public Schools’ review of its work-study programs for students. In a letter to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, managing attorney Leslie Seid Margolis said the legal advocacy organization for people with disabilities has monitored the situation at Rock Terrace School, where parents raised allegations that staff misappropriated money their children earned in work-study programs. (Gazette)

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Parents: Bullis School’s fault son failed; judge: Forget it

When Max Bramson, then a junior at the Bullis School, received a “D” in Honors Biology, school officials said they “hoped he would grow from this experience.” Personal growth also might be all Bramson’s parents can win after a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge Thursday dismissed their lawsuit alleging Bullis did not do enough to help their son after he failed the class. Robert and Valerie Bramson claimed the Potomac private school breached its contract by not aiding Max during and after the 2011-2012 school year, causing him to receive multiple rejection letters from colleges and universities. (Daily Record) 

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JHU Robotics Club's piano staircase brings smiles

The Robotics Club at Johns Hopkins University is making music and brightening a lot of people's days at the same time. The main staircase in Hackerman Hall, one of the engineering buildings, might be the most popular staircase on the JHU campus. The Robotics Club turned it into a keyboard a few weeks ago. "We set it up with the expectation that the school would ask us to take it down the next day. Instead, we came by and there was a professor on his hands and knees playing," said Robotics Club President Max Yelsky. (WBAL-TV)

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St. Mary's school workers ask for 'decent' pay

The public hearing on the St. Mary’s County commissioners’ next budget was lightly attended. But most of those who did show up asked the commissioners to fully fund the school board’s funding request, while others sought funding to deal with the epidemic of drug abuse. The St. Mary’s County commissioners’ proposed $220 million budget includes $93.9 million for public schools, an increase of $4 million. The school system had requested a total increase of $9 million. (Enterprise/Gazette)

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Commissioners propose Carroll County schools receive $3.3M of budget surplus

As the county budget process gets underway, three Carroll County commissioners have put two plans on the table to spend $12.9 million FY2014 in budget surplus. In a Town Hall meeting, Carroll County commissioners Doug Howard and Haven Shoemaker proposed a plan to spend the surplus on education, nonprofits and IT upgrades, among other things. "I think this plan will actually allow us to move forward in strengthening some of the areas that have been struggling for the past couple years," Howard said. "It will be one of those years where a lot of pieces of county business get shored up." (Patuxent)

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Bowie educator wins state award for unique teaching style

The main character of Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart” sounds crazy as he explains a murder he committed, but in Bowie teacher Faith Majors’ eighth-grade English Language Arts class, the students have to prove his insanity. “We set up a mock trial ... we had lawyers both for defense and prosecutors and we had a judge and jury members,” Majors said. “The students had to write an argument as to whether or not the narrator of ‘A Tell-Tale Heart’ was a cold-blooded killer or not guilty by reason of insanity.” (Gazette)

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Towson Teacher Injured In Boston Marathon Returns One Year After Bombings

A local teacher severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings returns to the city where her life tragically changed. Erika Brannock and her family are in Boston now for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. When the bombs exploded, the Towson teacher was cheering on her mom at the finish line. Her injuries were so severe she lost part of her left leg. One year later, she’s back where it all happened. (WJZ-TV)

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St. Mary's schools' finance director retires early

Greg Nourse, assistant superintendent of fiscal services and human resources for St. Mary’s County public schools, retired Wednesday, he said, to tend to his ailing father. “My dad’s going into comfort care, the last stage before hospice,” Nourse said, and he and his family are assisting their mother through the process in Pennsylvania. Nourse’s retirement comes just after the public school system revealed this month an operating budget deficit of around $6 million, which school officials said stemmed from increases in health care costs, special education and expenses related to a cold, snowy winter. (Enterprise/Gazette) 

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