UM unveils tech entrepreneur master’s degree

Want to create the next Google? The University of Maryland, College Park, wants to help you get there. This fall, UMCP will launch an online program for students to earn a master’s degree in technology entrepreneurship. The 30-credit program, which can be completed in 15 months, will be offered through the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), which provides classes and resources to help businesses grow. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore school teaches healthy eating early

A new program that was launched Tuesday at a Baltimore City school is aiming to get children started on healthy eating early. Students at City Springs Elementary-Middle School in east Baltimore got their hands dirty Tuesday by starting a teaching garden. "What, essentially, the program is about is engaging in teaching young children about nature -- eating fruits and vegetables, growing their own. What we're really trying to do is immerse children into healthy eating," said Yvette Mingo of the American Heart Association. (WBAL-TV)

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MSDE selects Tech Center Manufacturing and Machine Technologies as program of excellence

The Maryland State Department of Education has selected the Manufacturing and Machine Technologies Program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center as the 2014 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Secondary CTE Program of Excellence, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release. This award recognizes programs for adding value to the students’ overall educational program as defined by contemporary economic and workforce development demands. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Montgomery schools ready new snow waiver request

Montgomery County Public Schools on Tuesday prepared a request to waive four days of instruction lost due to wintry weather, after its five-day request was denied Monday. State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery denied the school system’s original request in a March 26 letter because it “does not demonstrate an effort to modify the school calendar to make up for lost instructional time.” In a Tuesday letter, Starr submitted a modified, four-day waiver request that, if accepted, would involve the school system adding one day to the school year and changing Easter Monday from a holiday to an instructional day. (Gazette)

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Washington County Public Schools presents $259.3 million budget to county

A proposed fiscal 2015 spending plan for Washington County Public Schools was presented to county leaders Tuesday, boasting a balanced $259.3 million budget that requests only a minor increase in local funding. The budget requests an additional $214,050 from Washington County for maintenance of effort — a state mandate that requires local jurisdictions to provide a constant level of per-pupil funding each fiscal year. (Herald-Mail)

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Prince George's County leaders shadow school principals for a day

Adeyinka Ogunlegan of Laurel said when she volunteered to be “Principal for a Day” at Bond Mill Elementary in Laurel, she didn’t realize how many hats a principal wears — including traffic director. “The traffic duty was surprising, but then again, I think it is part of a principal’s job to be accessible and that the job extends beyond the office,” said Ogunlegan, who stood with Principal Justin FitzGerald early Tuesday morning as he directed traffic. Principal for a Day is an annual event spanning 11 years in Prince George’s County public schools where elected officials, nonprofit directors and business leaders shadow school principals for the day, learning what it’s like to walk in a principal’s shoes. (Gazette)

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With hope of ending the year June 12, Harford school officials seek state waiver for five missed days

Harford County Public Schools will request the maximum of five state waivers for instructional days missed for inclement weather, school officials say, and if they are approved, the school year will end on June 12. Neighboring Cecil County Public Schools is seeking a waiver for three of the days its students missed this winter. (Balt. Sun)

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State approves of Carroll schools' snow day waiver request

As long as the weather cooperates, Carroll County students no longer need to worry about going to school past June 13. Maryland Superintendent Lillian Lowery has approved Carroll County Public Schools' waiver request for five school days missed because of inclement weather, according to a school system news release. (Balt. Sun)

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