August 12 // Conneely, first man to lead Notre Dame, steps down

James F. Conneely, the first man to lead Notre Dame of Maryland University as president in the school's 116-year history, announced Friday that he is stepping down for family reasons. Conneely, who has served as the school's president since July 2012, will return with his family to their former home in Kentucky, where he previously worked as a vice president for student affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery examines fairness of private funding for school projects

Booster clubs and parent-teacher associations have long been important sources of funding for schools, paying for items such as playground equipment, field lighting and other amenities that public money might not otherwise buy. But in Montgomery, one of the most affluent counties in the United States, officials are concerned that private fundraising for such public improvements is widening economic disparities in the community. (Wash. Post)

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Black colleges to lose students after federal loan changes

Morgan State University is trying to raise $300,000 in donations by the end of the month to give 300 undergraduates emergency scholarships — the result of tighter lending standards that have hit historically black colleges and universities particularly hard. The universities blame changes to the Parent PLUS Loans, which allow holders to borrow the full cost of tuition, fees and living expenses. More loans were denied after credit history requirements were made stricter in late 2011. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery schools look for dropout indicators early on

Students could show signs of becoming high school dropouts as early as first grade, according to a Montgomery County schools study that officials hope will provide a road map for shrinking dropout rates and improving academic achievement.  (Wash. Post)

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Child researchers seek low-income subjects

Recognizing a need to improve socioeconomic diversity, child development researchers are varying their recruitment techniques and trying to build bridges with poor communities by bringing their labs to the people, exploring possible school partnerships and relying on an old standby: cash payments. (Balt. Sun)

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Washington Co. Public Schools, HCC to unveil plan for STEMM Technical Middle College

Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Community College are poised to unveil a plan for a STEMM Technical Middle College that would enable qualified high school students to earn associate degrees or certifications in science and health programs while getting a tuition discount. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll school system and teacher's union dispute teacher salaries

The Carroll County Board of Education filed three actions in Carroll County Circuit Court over a wage dispute with the Carroll County Education Association, a disagreement the two parties may still resolve outside of the legal system. (Carroll Co. Times)

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School officials stress immunization requirement

A good number of Maryland school districts are prepared to welcome students back on campus Aug. 26. Besides pencil and paper, administrators want to make sure students show up with proof that they've been immunized. Health officials across the state said they're not taking chances. Every student must have required shots before they can come to class. (WBAL-TV)

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