Ravens running back Ray Rice visits Bel Air High

On Tuesday during an anti-bullying assembly, Ravens star running back Ray Rice made a special appearance at Bel Air High School to talk about his experiences with bullying. Rice talked with the entire student body in an assembly as well as with private groups, the varsity football team and the Best Buddies organization. After messages from Principal Gregory Komondor, Counselor Bruce Riley and others, Rice came in and stole the show. Building off the ideas presented before him, Rice talked about his experiences with bullying and general respect in high school. (Balt. Sun)

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What the Common Core means in Howard County

The new Common Core State Standards Initiative brings with it more than a new curriculum in Howard County. It also brings a change in philosophy. “Teachers are no longer the sage on the stage, but rather the guide on the side,” said Fran Clay, coordinator of elementary language arts for the Howard County Public School System. “Our new curriculum requires students to actively engage in their learning, think critically and develop the habits of mind to solve real life problems,” said Howard County Superintendent Renee Foose. “It shows great promise for elevating the level of rigor and preparing every student for a bright future.” (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County high schools map out math plans

Montgomery County public high schools now all have a plan of action when it comes to math. The plans stem from Montgomery County Public Schools efforts to study students’ performance in math courses following the release of poor math exam scores, said Christopher Garran, associate superintendent of high schools. (Gazette)

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Oct. 9 // HBCU presidents believe court ruling could bring more resources

Presidents of the state's historically black colleges and universities said Tuesday that a federal court ruling ordering remedies for persistent segregative policies in Maryland higher education could result in new opportunities and resources for their campuses. "That could mean anything, it could mean Morgan could have a school of public health, it could mean Morgan could have a statewide center of nanotechnology," said Morgan State University President David Wilson, adding that he was still reviewing the opinion to determine its short- and long-term implications. (Balt. Sun)

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Hispanic students outnumber other groups in Montgomery County’s early grades

Hispanic students for the first time make up more of Montgomery County’s kindergarten and first-grade classes than children from any other ethnic or racial group, a significant shift that marks the increasing diversity of the high-performing school district. Concerns increased for Hispanic students in particular when recent data from SAT college entrance exams showed a 32-point drop in overall scores for Hispanic students, at a time when students from all county groups saw a three-point dip. (Wash. Post)

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Easton Elementary students learn to make mosaics

Every Tuesday afternoon at 4, about 30 Easton Elementary students stay behind to make their school a little more beautiful with school parents Victoria Milholland and Christine Redman. “There really isn’t any sort of beautification budget for the school,” said Milholland, describing how the mosaic class started. She went on to explain that she and Redman had been doing mosaics for a while and wanted to do something to contribute to the school. (Star-Democrat)

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City school system launches fundraising campaign for school uniforms

The Baltimore City school system has launched a campaign to raise $400,000 to help families afford school uniforms, interim CEO Tisha Edwards announced Tuesday. “We all have the opportunity to make sure that every student has a uniform, and that it’s never a barrier to them coming to school," Edwards said. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel students improve SAT scores

The results are in, and Anne Arundel County Public School students showed marked improvement on SAT exams last school year. While participation was down, student scores improved in critical reading and writing. Scores held steady in math. (Capital)

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