Carroll Commissioners to vote on college bus fare increase Thursday

 

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners will vote on the proposed college bus pass fare increase Thursday. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Oakdale FFA growth reflects national trend

A new school usually comes with new programs, and Oakdale High is a case in point. Frederick County’s newest high school began a new FFA program with 28 members last year. Membership in the agricultural program has increased to more than 50 this year. That one-year membership spike reflects a national trend, attributed to a growing recognition of the need for a thriving agriculture industry that safely produces quality foods. (News-Post)

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Bryn Mawr student advocates for mental illness awareness

Teenager Kendall Reitz set out to become an advocate for improved mental illness awareness in the aftermath of last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a disturbed 20-year-old named Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults. As horrific as the crime was, Kendall felt news coverage of that mass shooting and others fed false notions that people with mental illness tend to be violent. (Balt. Sun)

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Coppin State students feed the hungry

First came the decorations for the bags: a few words of inspiration, a drawing, and a heart with a pound sign scrawled inside. Next came the lunch: a turkey sandwich, an apple, an Oreo cookie and a water bottle — with most of the food paid for, and prepared by, Coppin State University students. And then came the social media campaign. The students huddled for photos to post on Instagram and Twitter, tagging their entries with #HashTagLunchBag, as they became the first Baltimore group to participate in an effort to feed homeless people that has been spread through social networking sites. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 11 // Arundel apologizes after students shown test during lesson on racial differences

A test shown to Arundel High School students as part of a lesson about differences in racial perception raised objections from parents and prompted apologies from the Anne Arundel County school system, officials acknowledged Thursday. According to an Oct. 4 letter from interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins to the Anne Arundel school board, Arundel High School teachers showed juniors and seniors the 1971 Chitling Test of Intelligence, created by African-American sociologist Adrian Dove to demonstrate cultural differences between races. (Balt. Sun)

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In Montgomery County, push to start children’s museum

A couple of years ago, Cara Lesser quit her job in health policy and took a leap of faith toward creating something that she felt was badly lacking in Montgomery County: a place where elementary school-aged students can experiment, create and play outside of school. (Wash. Post)

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Two ex-Navy football players to go on trial in rape case despite judge’s recommendation

The superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy set aside the recommendation of a military judge Thursday and ordered two former Navy football players to face court-martial in the alleged sexual assault of a female midshipman, attorneys for the accused men said. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel school board approves charter for new Monarch school

It has been a productive fall in Anne Arundel County for Baltimore-based nonprofit organization The Children’s Guild. This week, the county school board approved a five-year charter agreement with the guild for a second Monarch Academy Public Charter School campus in central Anne Arundel. A location hasn't been finalized, but the school is slated to open in August 2015. (Capital)

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