Two ex-Navy football players to go on trial in rape case despite judge’s recommendation

The superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy set aside the recommendation of a military judge Thursday and ordered two former Navy football players to face court-martial in the alleged sexual assault of a female midshipman, attorneys for the accused men said. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel school board approves charter for new Monarch school

It has been a productive fall in Anne Arundel County for Baltimore-based nonprofit organization The Children’s Guild. This week, the county school board approved a five-year charter agreement with the guild for a second Monarch Academy Public Charter School campus in central Anne Arundel. A location hasn't been finalized, but the school is slated to open in August 2015. (Capital)

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Common Core opponents speak out at Carroll meeting

Opponents of the Common Core criticized the new educational standards and suggested Carroll County Board of Education members resign Wednesday night if they can't follow requests from constituents. "You guys were elected to do things here in this county, not to be followers just because the state said so," Westminster resident and Tea Party activist Michelle Jefferson said before suggesting that board members resign if they don't stand up against the Common Core. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard libraries awarded $267,500 grant for STEM initiative

The Howard County Library System has been awarded a $267,500 federal grant to further develop its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program, the system announced last week. The 2013 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services will specifically go toward the library initiative HiTech. HiTech is a program that teaches middle and high school students 21st century career skills and hands-on experience through computer programming, 3D animation, nanotechnology, e-books, game applications, cybersecurity and robotics. (Balt. Sun)

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Education a hot topic at Edgewood Community Council meeting

The drizzle did not keep nearly three dozen Harford County residents from piling into the Southern Precinct of the Harford County Sheriff's Office for Wednesday evening's monthly Edgewood Community Council meeting, where residents said students and parents on the south end of I-95 were being ignored. (Balt. Sun)

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Foose says closing West Friendship not an option now

Any plans to close the oldest school in Howard County are off the table for now, Superintendent Renee Foose told the West Friendship community last week. "As many of you are aware, the Howard County Public School System feasibility study issued in June included a recommendation to close West Friendship Elementary School between August 2014 and August 2017," Foose wrote in an Oct. 3 email. "I am writing to inform you that I do not plan to recommend to the Board of Education the closure of West Friendship during this time frame." (Balt. Sun)

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Early budget deadline puts St. Mary's school officials on edge

The St. Mary’s County commissioners have accelerated their calendar for the upcoming fiscal 2015 budget preparations through the winter and into spring by about two weeks. In doing so at last week’s meeting, Commissioner Todd Morgan (R) said, “I want to make sure the board of education has their stuff in to us [with] plenty of time to spare, not showing up on a Friday afternoon for us to discuss on a Tuesday,” in reference to the school board supplying responses to financial questions from the commissioners. (Enterprise)

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Malala Yousafzai picks Bethesda teen’s essay as contest winner

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai selected an essay written by a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior named Julia Fine, 17, as the winner of a CNN contest for teens to write about being inspired by the young Pakistani. Malala selected Julia Fine’s from hundreds of essays in the contest, which asked teens to answer this question: “What specifically has Malala done to inspire you?” (Wash. Post)

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