Dec. 10 // Prince George’s delegate proposes bill that would strip BOE of credit cards

A state bill that would prohibit Prince George’s County Board of Education from issuing credit cards to its members is being proposed by a freshman delegate. The proposal comes months after the board stripped former school board member Carletta Fellows of her credit card after she used the district-issued card to pay hundreds of dollars in utility bills. (Wash. Post)

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Johns Hopkins again tops in university research spending

It is customary in higher education to dismiss rankings as misleading and arbitrary, quantifying things that don’t much matter about colleges and universities. But one list of undisputed significance is compiled each year by the National Science Foundation: the top institutions ranked by total research spending. Such money supports laboratories, attracts top faculty and graduate students and gives many undergraduates a chance to learn through experimentation. On this list, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is the perennial and unchallenged national leader. (Wash. Post)

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Strawberry milk is to be banished from school cafeterias in Montgomery County

Come January, school cafeterias in Montgomery County will be missing the pinkest offering of the lunch line. Strawberry-flavored milk is on its way out. The drink is not as popular as chocolate milk and not as nutritious as plain milk, officials say. So at a time of growing concern about healthy foods for children, the pink milk has lost its place on refrigerated shelves in Maryland’s largest school system. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland football players will receive PlayStation 4, Ogio backpack as part of Military Bowl

University of Maryland football players will have their choice of a Sony PlayStation 4 and an Ogio backpack as participants in this year’s Military Bowl. Gift packages are provided to bowl game participants by committees that host the games. The NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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City commission recommends rezoning for school on Hargett Farm

After giving a portion of Hargett Farm to Frederick County Public Schools a year ago, the city of Frederick is now working on rezoning the land so a school can be built. The city’s Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend to Mayor Randy McClement and the Board of Aldermen that they rezone the 12 acres of the 148-acre Hargett Farm they gave to the school system. (News-Post)

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Naval Academy superintendent explains court-martial decision in sex assault case

The superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said Monday he went against a recommendation and court-martialed two former football players in a high-profile sexual assault case because he wanted a “full illumination” of the case. Following the public portion of Monday's Board of Visitors meeting, Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller explained his October decision to court-martial Midshipmen Josh Tate and Eric Graham, who are accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus apartment. (Capital)

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Students from B-CC visit workplaces, see careers in action

Even before 8 a.m., Will Yetvin was excited to be at school. He expected to learn new things, meet new people and, most of all, get new ideas for his future. Will, 17, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, was one of 170 students from B-CC and the British School of Washington participating in Career Partnership Day on Thursday. The plan was for students to visit one of 58 businesses who signed up to share the ins and outs of their workplaces. (Gazette)

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Dec. 9 // Common Confusion: Teachers, parents struggle with Common Core standards

In Kelly Thompson’s household, extracurricular activities are history. There’s no time for music lessons and after-school sports, no matter how much her two children enjoyed them. Not with the multiple tests her fourth-grader and sixth-grader take each week on top of additional hours of homework, the result of the new Common Core State Standards rolled out in Anne Arundel County Public Schools this year. The new standards are designed to better prepare students for college and careers, and sound good in theory, she and other parents say. But in practice, they say, the shifting educational tactics have left teachers frazzled, students stressed and parents frustrated. (Capital)

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