Maryland schedules Common Core forums

What are the Common Core State Standards? Most Americans don’t know. According to a recent PDK-Gallup poll, two out three people have never heard of the new academic standards that are changing classroom instruction. Hoping to shed some light, the Maryland State Department of Education is hosting four regional forums over the next month to discuss the state’s Common Core standards. (Wash. Post)

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Over-capacity schools a hot topic in Baltimore County

School officials have vowed they would include parents and stakeholders in discussions on finding a way to accommodate the burgeoning elementary school-aged student population in central Baltimore County. They appear to be keeping their word, demonstrated by a recent meeting during which they proposed an outside-the-box proposal involving in combination Cromwell Valley Elementary, Halstead Academy and the old Loch Raven Elementary building. (Patuxent)

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland names new admissions officer

Gary Sherman will take over next month as St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s new vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions in the wake of an enrollment shortfall that has led to emergency budget cuts across campus. (Enterprise)

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Ervin voices frustration at delayed school bus cameras

Drivers who illegally pass some Montgomery County public school buses may face a camera installed to automatically catch violators in the act. Plans for those cameras, however, have been delayed, prompting a letter from County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin voicing frustration. (Gazette)

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Hopkins and Baltimore investment firm partner on internship program

Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering said Tuesday it will partner with Campbell & Co., a Baltimore-based investment firm, in a teaching and internship program. Staff from Campbell will teach an investment science course at Hopkins during the fall semester and offer paid internships to as many as three Hopkins students during the year. (Balt. Sun)

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Cheer Squad Appealing Suspension

The cheerleading squad at Towson University has filed an appeal to its suspension after being accused of violating the school's hazing policy. (WBAL)

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Montgomery County names 10 intervention schools to improve student outcomes

Months after launching the “innovation schools” network, Montgomery County on Tuesday announced the 10 schools that will be part of a companion intervention effort. Schools in the interventions network will work with the central office to come up with plans to improve teaching and learning for struggling students. (Wash. Post)

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St. Ignatius students move into high-tech building

Tuesday marks the start of a new school year for several independent schools in the area, and for one middle school in Baltimore, it also marks a new beginning in a new building. The students at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy had their first day of school Tuesday, but this year is a little different because they've moved from Mount Vernon to a new school building in Federal Hill. (WBAL-TV) 

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