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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Program aims to keep more youths out of justice system

Motorcycle rider Vince Corvelli vividly remembers holding his 23-year-old son in his arms after he overdosed on heroin. “They were able to revive him, thank God, but I hear stories about this every day, and it’s incredible to me,” the Myersville man said. “I’m tired of hearing about people dying.” Similar stories of heroin overdoses shared by bikers in Frederick County have spurred the creation of Bikers Against Heroin, a group of motorcycle riders raising awareness about the dangers of heroin to prevent youth from falling victim. (News-Post)

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Survey finds drivers continue to violate school bus laws

A recent statewide survey shows fewer drivers are flouting laws that require them to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off children, but the number of violations still remains in the thousands a day. The Maryland State Department of Education's third annual survey showed driver violations have dropped by more than half since the first survey done three years ago.  (Balt Sun)

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