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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HCC board approves $103,000 contract for design of new Hickory Center

Members of Harford Community College's Board of Trustees Tuesday approved a $103,342 contract with Frederick Ward Associates of Bel Air to design a new building on campus. The facility will be called the Hickory Center and will cost $2.8 million overall, Rick Johnson, the college's vice president of finance and operations, told board members. (Balt. Sun)

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Amid falling MSA elementary scores statewide, some Harford schools continue to shine

In a year when the state's achievement testing program for public elementary and middle school students saw significant, across-the-board declines, there were a few bright spots in performance at Harford County's individual elementary schools. Fourth graders tested under the Maryland School Assessment, or MSA, at Youth's Benefit Elementary in Fallston scored at a 100 percent proficient or advanced level in both math and reading. (Balt. Sun)

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New Goddard School to open next year in Mount Airy

Construction will soon begin on a new early childhood education center off Back Acre Circle in Mount Airy. The Goddard School of Mount Airy, which is expected to open its doors in early 2014, will be a 10-classroom preschool that serves children 6 weeks to 6 years old, according to co-owner Gina Del Gandio. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Prince George’s appointed school board represent entire county

Prince George’s County parents will have more contacts for assistance on the Board of Education in the 2013-2014 school year with the addition of four appointed members this year, officials say. “The four appointed members function as at-large board members,” said Christian Rhodes, County Executive Rushern Baker’s III (D) education advisor. “Their constituency is anyone in the county, the entire school district.” (Gazette)

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