Making earthquakes for science

Engineering researchers at the Johns Hopkins University plan to stir an earthquake this month, a temblor as powerful as the 1994 Northridge quake in Southern California — one of the costliest in U.S. history. It will hit at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, inside a huge laboratory with a soaring ceiling, big enough to contain a two-story building set on a giant hydraulic "shake table." (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel school system prepares bus drivers for fall

It’s early August and the new school year is approaching fast. As roughly 78,000 Anne Arundel County public school students savor the last few weeks of summer, the school system is busy training a fleet of rookie bus drivers. (Capital)

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New school's curriculum looks to classics

Giant scissors cut through the ribbon at the Frederick Classical Charter School and symbolically started it on a course set by ancient Greeks. Four years ago, parents who wanted their children to have a curriculum that linked history, the arts and sciences together started work to establish a charter school based on that classic model. (News-Post)

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Carroll school system works to keep supply costs low

In 2011, Carroll County Public Schools issued administrative regulations on school supplies, setting limits on what elementary and middle schools can require from students. The regulations have helped ease the financial burden on families, said Whitney Warner, assistant principal at Manchester Elementary School. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Former Anne Arundel Superintendent Maxwell paid $90,060 before leaving

Former Anne Arundel County Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who left earlier this month for a similar position in Prince George's County, received on Wednesday a $90,060 payout for unused leave time, Anne Arundel school officials said. (Balt. Sun)

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$2.3 million Department of Defense grant fuels STEM focus

Maureen McMahon talks about science, technology, engineering and math subjects with a passion akin to those who run music or theater departments. For McMahon, Anne Arundel County public schools' assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, that passion reached a new high recently, as her efforts to engage students in STEM studies yielded a $2.3 million Department of Defense Education Activity grant, the school system's second DoDEA award in three years. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick Co. schools announce driver of the year

Honk if you love your bus driver. Congratulations to Kay Ridenour, Frederick County Public Schools' bus driver of the year. Since 1979, the transportation team's assistant managers have selected one driver who excels in safety, attendance and reliability for the honor. (News-Post)

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New teachers get introduced to Carroll County Public Schools

Carroll County Public Schools held its 2013-14 school year new teacher orientation at Liberty High School Friday. One hundred and fourteen new teachers to the school system were in attendance, but there are expected to be about 120 new teachers in Carroll County before school begins, according to Director of Human Resources Jimmie Saylor. (Carroll Co. Times)

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