New policy puts concussion training at forefront

As thousands of student-athletes returned to the practice field this week, their coaches will be expected to abide by a new, tougher concussion policy. The goal is to train more coaches and staff to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions. (WBAL-TV)

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Visitors give new Mt. Airy Middle School high grades

School isn't scheduled to start until Aug. 26. But the halls of Mount. Airy Middle School were bustling on Tuesday. From the crowd of happy faces came a steady stream of complimentary comments. (Balt. Sun)

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Allegany County hires retirees for school security

Three retired police officers have been hired to serve as school security officers in Allegany County. (AP)

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Hagerstown business community hosts reception for new educators

The Greater Hagerstown Committee and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the Michael G. Callas New Educators Reception at North Hagerstown High in the middle of a three-day academy to help new educators. (Herald-Mail)

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August 14 // Maryland not in position to restore eliminated teams, Loh says

The University of Maryland is not yet financially able to restore any of the seven teams eliminated last year and must instead use limited athletic department revenues to fund other priorities — including some on the academic side, President Wallace Loh said. (Balt. Sun)

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School system, county raise questions about charter school’s fundraising

As Community Montessori Charter School heads into its second school year, some county and school system officials are concerned about fundraising efforts to complement Montgomery County Public School funds in the school’s budget. As of July 26, Crossway Community — the nonprofit that operates the county’s only charter school — was continuing to raise the roughly $150,000 needed to complement about $66,000 the school system contributed to the 2012-2013 school year budget, according to Kathleen Guinan, the nonprofit’s CEO. (Gazette)

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To take this class, all you need is the Internet

Montgomery College is offering a new English prep class with no price tag, no class-size limit and only one prerequisite: an Internet connection. Joining in a growing group of colleges offering such a course, and setting out as the first community college in Maryland to produce its own, Montgomery College has added its first massive open online course (MOOC) — an English prep class that is, as the name would suggest, pretty big and completely open. (Gazette)

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Perdue foundation pledges $150,000 to Wor-Wic campaign

The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms Inc., has made a $150,000 commitment to the Wor-Wic Community College “Providing For Today While Ensuring Tomorrow” fundraising campaign. (Daily Times)

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