July 19 // MSU students construct pavilion for Artscape

Artscape 2013 starts Friday morning, which meant students and faculty at Morgan State University's School of Architecture were busy Thursday constructing a mammoth dome and pavilion for festival patrons to enjoy. "We've created a geodesic dome that will serve as the DJ booth that will stand 25 feet in the air, and then we have about approximately half a city block-long pavilion structure that will be shaded and provide seating and an area of repose for festival attendees," explained architecture professor Brian Grieb. (WBAL-TV)

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Van takes free meals for kids into city neighborhoods

Nearly 40 years after the federal Summer Food Service Program was first offered in Baltimore, only about half of the 46,000 children who eat free and reduced-price meals during the school year are getting the breakfast, lunch and dinner offered at rec centers, churches and schools during June, July and August. So this summer, the city's program is sending a van to make a weekday circuit through West Baltimore's Penn North and Upton neighborhoods to bring the food to the streets. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County finds Rock Terrace student banking program ‘poorly managed’

An initial investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement at a Montgomery County special education school found there was “no attempt to intentionally defraud students and their families” of money deposited into bank accounts that staff set up for the students. (Wash. Post)

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University of Maryland center wants to buy Annapolis' old rec center

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science wants to buy the old recreation center near Annapolis’ City Dock. The center made an unsolicited offer to the city, officials said Thursday. Representatives from the institution said they could pay only a “nominal fee” for the property, but the public benefit would be the renovation of a vacant, dilapidated 13,300 square-foot building. (Capital)

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Delegate weighs in on Anne Arundel superintendent search

State Del. Steve Schuh has his own thoughts on Anne Arundel County’s search for a new school superintendent. Schuh, R-Gibson Island, sent a letter to school board President Teresa Milio Birge with recommended qualifications for a long-term replacement for outgoing schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell. (Capital)

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Carroll commissioners put focus on education fund

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners decided Thursday to establish a 10-person committee to recommend criteria for the newly established Education Opportunity Fund. In May, the commissioners approved their fiscal year 2014 operating budget, which included a controversial $400,000 allocation to create an Education Opportunity Fund for non-public school students. (Patuxent)

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Md. plans to implement new science standards by 2017

Last month, Maryland became the fourth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, according to the state Board of Education. The standards combine scientific practice with the basic concepts of engineering, technology, and life, physical, earth and space sciences, according to the NGSS website. The new public school science guidelines aim to strengthen analytical skills and prepare students for college and careers in science-related, or STEM, fields. (News-Post)

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University of Maryland, Carton Donofrio look to renew advertising contract

The University of Maryland, College Park is looking to renew for the fourth time an advertising contract with Carton Donofrio Partners. The state’s Board of Public Works will vote to approve renewing the contract the university’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has held with Carton Donofrio Partners since 2009. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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