Tax revenue from Military Bowl may not go to Annapolis

The University of Maryland lost to Marshall University in Friday's Military Bowl, but Annapolis, Md. may face an even bigger fight. While thousands of dollars poured in from the bowl's ticket sales, the city might not see a dime. Typically, the city is eligible for 10 percent of each ticket sold at the Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium but since the Naval Academy didn't play it's not clear whether Annapolis will receive the tax revenue. (WTOP)

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Terps to wear Under Armour gear for another 10 years

Under Armour Inc. will outfit the Terps for at least another 10 years as the University of Maryland Athletics Department extended its contract with the Baltimore sportswear maker. The original contract between Under Armour and the university from 2008 — a $17.5 million, five-year deal — was previously renewed in 2009 and expires Dec. 31. Under the existing contract, Under Armour is the exclusive outfitter of the University of Maryland’s sports teams, coaches and their staff. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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S.A.L.T. a great opportunity for 22 Smithsburg High School freshmen

At Smithsburg High School, most students don’t begin taking Advanced Placement classes until they’re juniors — except for the 22 freshmen in this year’s new Student Academic Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) program. S.A.L.T. is the first on-campus academy at Smithsburg High School. The participants represent the top 10 percent of their class and had to apply for the competitive honors program. (Herald-Mail)

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Talbot school board supports removing lease restrictions

At the Wednesday, Dec. 18, meeting, the Talbot County Board of Education passed a courtesy bill extending the lease for the YMCA that is planned to be located adjacent to St. Michaels Middle and High School. The courtesy bill shows support for amending section 7-108 of the Education Article of the Maryland Annotated Code that currently only allows the school board to lease property for a maximum of 25 years. The amendment would allow for a lease of 99 years. (Star Dem.)

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Baltimore Non-Profit Founder Bridges The Gap Between Athletics And Education

Challenging the notion that athletics and academics are at opposite ends of a spectrum, Natasha Thurmon continues to raise the bar for excellence in student athletes. As founder of the Baltimore-based, non-profit organization Mindful Mentors Planting Seeds, Natasha helps Baltimore youth bridge the gap between athletics and academics by offering additional support off the field. (CBS)

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Dec. 27 // Frederick Co. school employees gear up for contract talks

Frederick County's teacher and support staff associations are set to negotiate their entire contracts with the Board of Education for the first time since 2011. Giving teachers more planning time, high-level staff development opportunities and better pay are among the highest priorities, Frederick County Teachers Association President Gary Brennan said. (News-Post)

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Montgomery County schools reach accord with ACLU over student rights

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland stepped in eight months ago to defend the right of a Damascus High School student to stay seated and not participate while her class recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Enidris Siurano-Rodrigues, then a sophomore, said she had been standing as instructed by her teacher because she believed she had to obey the teacher. But ironically it was in her Advanced Placement government class that she learned the teacher was violating her rights, so she stopped standing during the pledge. (Gazette)

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NDHS cheer team performing at Gator Bowl, nationals

New Year’s Day has long been a college football tradition with bowl games being played in vacation destinations around the country. The North Dorchester High School cheer squad will join the tradition this New Year’s Day 2014 as the team will perform at the prestigious Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., which features Nebraska and Georgia. The performance coincides with North Dorchester’s invitation to compete in the Gator Bowl Cheer Nationals, the school’s first trip to nationals since 2003. (Star Dem.)

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