More than 200 attend girls-only Naval Academy STEM workshop

A year later, Emma Stein is still proud of finishing first. Emma, a Severna Park Middle School sixth-grader, said that when she built an underwater robot last year at the Naval Academy’s SeaPerch program, she and a friend were done before anyone else in their group, including the boys. The Naval Academy’s girls-only Science Technology Engineering Mathematics workshop is aimed at middle-school girls who want to learn more and sharpen their skills in STEM fields. The goal, organizers said, it to keep the students active in these fields just when they are starting to feel pressure to shift their focus to areas in which more women have found careers. (Capital)

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Carroll students shoot to benefit Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Fourth-grader Nathan Saunders hadn't been to Elmer Wolfe Elementary School since his cancer diagnosis in November. When he visited the Union Bridge elementary school Thursday, his classmates welcomed him by playing his favorite sport – basketball. Elmer Wolfe hosted "Hoops for Hopkins" Thursday to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. (Balt. Sun)

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Feb. 28 // Brown unveils plan for college loans to Dream Act students

Under a proposal by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Maryland would provide college loans to students who are attending school under the Maryland Dream Act. The Dream Act, which was approved by the legislature in 2011 and affirmed by voters in a 2012 referendum, provides in-state tuition to state schools for undocumented students who graduate from Maryland high schools. Now, Brown (D) and running mate Kenneth S. Ulman (D) are proposing a plan that would make student loans available to Dream Act students at rates similar to federal student loans. (Gazette)

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Duncan: Leggett’s weak leadership led to school construction funding setback

Weak leadership has left Montgomery County “a day late and a million short” in its bid for more school construction aid from Annapolis, county executive candidate Doug Duncan has charged. County Executive Ike Leggett and Montgomery state lawmakers acknowledged earlier this week that a bill to provide up to $20 million annually to leverage county borrowing for school construction and renovation was unlikely to pass this year. County officials were pushing for increases in state aid to relieve overcrowding in Montgomery schools. Duncan, the former three-term county executive who is challenging Leggett in the June Democratic primary, alleged that Leggett and his other opponent, Council member Phil Andrews (D-Rockville-Gaithersburg) have mismanaged dealings with the General Assembly and the governor’s office. (Wash. Post)

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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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