Frederick County schools granted state waiver for two snow days

Maryland education leaders approved a two-day waiver of instructional days lost to snow for Frederick County, school officials said Tuesday. The announcement came a day after Montgomery County learned its request for a five-day state waiver was rejected. Montgomery, which had 10 snow days, is reassessing and will soon come up with a new plan, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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Residents bring concerns to Carroll County Public Schools officials at town meeting

At a town meeting Tuesday, parents and concerned residents brought questions and concerns to Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Guthrie and other school officials on a host of issues, with the Common Core State Standards becoming a key topic of conversation. At the meeting, held at Oklahoma Road Middle School in Eldersburg, parents’ and residents’ concerns were varied, but many asked questions and talked about their personal frustration with Common Core. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Largo school provides creative outlet for students

Students at the Foundation School in Largo can’t always communicate their feelings with words, but a special workshop with a local artist allowed them to express themselves through a meticulous artistic process that is almost 200 years old. The Foundation School, with campuses in Largo and Gaithersburg, is a nonprofit school for children with emotional disabilities. The Largo campus received a $2,000 grant from the Target Foundation to host wildlife artist Carmelo Ciancio for a special two-day session on scratchboard, a 19th century art form that involves scratching black film off a board to create an image. (Gazette)

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April 1 // Higher ed secretary leaves post

Maryland's secretary of higher education will leave her post later this month for a private foundation that works to increase the number of people with college degrees across the country. The governor's office announced Monday that Danette G. Howard would end her 2 1/2-year tenure as the cabinet secretary who oversees policy and growth at the state's colleges and universities. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request

Maryland education leaders on Monday rejected Montgomery County’s request for a five-day waiver of instructional days lost to inclement weather, but said that the school district can submit a new request that does more to compensate for the missed class time. The state decision raised the possibility of an extended school year in Montgomery, which used 10 snow days, six more than it had scheduled into its regular calendar. (Wash. Post)

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Judges announced for Kevin Plank's Cupid's Cup business competition

Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank and celebrity judges will pick from six finalists Friday in the annual Cupid's Cup national entrepreneurship competition. The annual competition, designed to foster interest in student entrepreneurship, is chaired by Plank in partnership with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. It's open to undergraduate and graduate-level students at U.S. colleges and universities, as well as recent graduates. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel Board of Education to consider awarding of contracts

As construction projects for Severna Park High School shape up, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education will consider awarding more contracts. The school board is expected to consider approving seven contracts related to construction of the school worth nearly $16 million at its meeting Wednesday. At its last meeting, the nine-member board awarded more than $63 million in contracts. (Capital)

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Harford to review controversial Eva-Mar development plan Wednesday

Plans for the controversial Eva-Mar development near Bel Air, a new Youth's Benefit Elementary School building in Fallston and a major expansion to the Oak Grove Classic Christian School campus near Bel Air will be reviewed by Harford County's Development Advisory Board on Wednesday. The Eva-Mar project consists of a proposed 514-unit continuing care retirement community and 144 single-family homes on 153 acres off Route 543 between Route 22 and C. Milton Wright High School. The developers are Presbyterian Home of Maryland for the retirement community and Elm Street Development for the houses. (Balt. Sun)

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