Glen Burnie teacher honored with award, $10K

A presidential honor is in the works for an Anne Arundel County school teacher and it's all based on what she's doing in the classroom. Kris Hanks is Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics teacher at Woodside Elementary School, and the recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. (WBAL-TV)

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University Of Md. Among Schools Developing Drone Concepts For Civilian Use

Maryland airspace may not be involved, but the state’s brain power definitely is. The FAA will include research at the University of Maryland into the job of integrating drone aircraft into civilian airspace. At the University of Maryland, they’re trying to do more than pilot drones by hand. Researchers are trying to figure out how insects navigate through the air without big brains or GPS. (WJZ-TV)

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After slow progress, College Park moving quickly toward 'real college town' goals

A gleaming new apartment building with restaurants and bars on the ground floor has replaced an old pizza place and tire shop. A new Whole Foods will sprout up just down the road. A four-star hotel and bike lanes are planned. The changes are part of a longer-term effort to transform U.S. 1 — the University of Maryland, College Park's main drag — from a jumbled mix of strip malls and fast-food joints. After a decade of slow progress, the building spree jump-starts a plan to remake the city of College Park into a "real" college town. (Balt. Sun)

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Extreme hazing alleged at Salisbury University frat chapter

Members of a fraternity chapter at Salisbury University beat a recruit with a paddle, forced pledges to drink until one vomited blood, and made students stand in trashcans full of icewater, according to an investigation this week by Bloomberg. The news outlet's story  focuses on Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which according to Bloomberg has had nine deaths from drinking, drugs and hazing nationally since 2006. The founder of Salisbury's chapter withdrew a $2 million donation after the group was suspended by the university amid the hazing investigation, according to Bloomberg. (Balt. Sun)

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Local organization marks $10 million in scholarships

In the early 1800s, a successful businessman watched as young homeless girls roamed the docks of Baltimore, selling items to survive. He thought that if they just had an education, that could make all of the difference. So he began planning for a school. When the Samuel Ready School for Female Orphans closed its doors in 1977, a scholarship foundation took its place, and in the past 20 years, it has given $10 million in financial assistance to about 250 young girls in the Baltimore area so that they can complete middle and high school at one of six prestigious independent schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. governor's task force on arts education to meet in Hagerstown

The Maryland governor’s task force on arts education will hold a regional forum on Jan. 15 at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Washington County Board of Education member Wayne Ridenour said. Ridenour serves on the task force, which was recently established. Ridenour said people can provide ideas and views on what they think an appropriate arts education should be, and about the integration of arts and music in the curriculum in the future. (Herald-Mail)

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Jan. 2 // U.S. education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and at least one other Education Department official urged New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his team not to choose Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr as the city’s next schools chancellor, according to several people knowledgable about the selection process. It was an unusual move by the nation’s top education official and came in the wake of Starr’s vocal criticism of some of the Obama administration’s school reform policies. (Wash. Post)

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UMBC chess team places second in international competition

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County's chess team placed second this week in an international chess competition and will next compete in a championship to determine the top college chess team in the U.S. The Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, also known as the World Series of College Chess, was held over four days in Lubbock, Texas. UMBC's team beat out about 40 other universities and was bested only by a team from Webster University in Missouri. (Balt. Sun)

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