City College teacher wins Milken Educator Award

The rumor was that the president of the United States was going to appear at City College on Thursday, so teacher Mark Miazga swapped his usual polo for a shirt and tie in case he got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before resuming his day of teaching Steinbeck. But it wasn't long into the assembly at City College — whose marching band, cheerleaders and choir showcased their talents and set a festive tone for 600 students, political leaders, and state and local education officials — that Miazga was stunned by the announcement that he was the guest of honor. The English teacher was surprised with a Milken Educator Award, which comes with a cash prize of $25,000 and a title that only 40 other teachers across the country earned this year. (Balt. Sun)

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John Carroll institutes 'cyber days' in place of snow days

The John Carroll School campus might be closed for snow days, but that doesn't mean students aren't in class, albeit safe at home in their pajamas and with their laptops. Officials at the independent Catholic high school instituted "cyber days" – to take the place of snow days – in mid-February when the Bel Air campus was closed for the ninth and 10th inclement weather days. (Aegis)

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Miss UMES resigns after disorderly incident, drug charge

UMES is without a campus queen with this week’s dethroning of Porsha Simone Harvey, who was charged with disruptive behavior in an exchange with a campus police officer, and, in a separate incident, cited for possessing marijuana in a Somerset County courthouse. Harvey resigned Wednesday as Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, telling university officials that recent events devalued her role as a student leader. Her resignation is the first time in memory the queen representing the campus either stepped down or was removed from the position. (Daily Times)

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Harford school board OKs policy changes, as one member objects

Members of the Harford County Board of Education recently overwhelmingly approved changes in school policies on setting attendance boundaries and closing schools, but one member objected on grounds they were unnecessarily ceding their authority. Board Vice President Francis "Rick" Grambo cast the lone vote against both policy changes when they were approved at the Feb. 10 board meeting. Both were approved by 8-1 margins. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford school board president to skip meeting with legislators

Harford County Board of Education President Nancy Reynolds has informed county legislators she doesn't plan to attend a requested meeting in Annapolis Friday, called in part to clear the air over what some legislators consider a major protocol gaffe by school leaders. Reynolds, Superintendent Barbara Canavan and other school leaders were asked by the chairman of the county's legislative delegation to meet, so they can talk about the school system's failure to send a representative to the Maryland Board of Public Works annual review of local school construction projects on Feb. 5, as well as to discuss pending state legislation that affects the school system. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard school board to again focus on wellness policy

"Brain breaks" are becoming part of the Howard County school day, and it's all part of the fight against childhood obesity. The physical activities breaks are part of the Howard County Public School System's implementation of the not-yet-finalized policy on wellness through nutrition and physical activity, which has been in the works for more than a year. Nothing has changed in either the policy or the implementation procedures since the second report in October 2013, said Frank Eastham, executive director of school improvement and administration when he gave a third report to the board Feb. 20. But work is continuing on rolling out the changes the board approved last spring in the schools, including incorporating more physical activity into the day. (Balt. Sun)

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Hearing on new Timonium school's boundaries draws fire

Wednesday's public hearing on the proposed boundaries for the new elementary school in Mays Chapel illustrated the clear divide between the communities for which the $28 million school is being built to serve. Forty-five parents spoke at the meeting held at Loch Raven High, which was attended by several hundred residents. The public forum during which the public provided input on the redistricting process had the largest attendance yet since the process began in October and which involves 10 central-area schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Cheverly home-schoolers branch out with STEM program

A new cooperative in Cheverly is bringing “hard” sciences, such as computer programming, anatomy and physics, to home-schooled students across the county and beyond. The Cheverly STEM Education Center is the brainchild of two home-schooling parents — former private school chemistry teacher Ann Caldwell and retired civil engineer Jeanne Robinson, both of Cheverly. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Gazette)

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