Hagerstown Community College is partnering with Johns Hopkins University to participate in cybersecurity research work

Hagerstown Community College is moving ahead with a partnership with Johns Hopkins University that will enable some HCC students to participate in research work with the elite institution in the field of cybersecurity. HCC is developing an “Educational Partnership Agreement” with the university’s Information Security Institute, or JHUISI, that is likely to be ready by the spring of 2014, leading to a collaboration that begins in late 2014 or early 2015. (Herald-Mail)

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Frederick County school board to choose new leader

Frederick County's Board of Education will vote Wednesday to decide who will replace longtime member Jean Smith as its next president. She will not seek re-election as she begins her 20th year on the local school board, choosing instead to step back and “be a good board member” until her term ends in 2014. “It's an amazingly hard job, and people don't understand that until they've done it,” Smith said. “I'll just have the pressure off my shoulders now.” (News-Post)

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The Cost of Education

The Wicomico County Education Association for teachers and other workers says the largest school system on Maryland’s Lower Shore — with more than 14,000 students and 27 schools or alternative centers for learning — is at or near the bottom statewide in teacher salaries. Teacher pay, said Kelly Stephenson, association president, makes it tough to recruit quality educators. (Daily Times)

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Dec. 16 // Dance quits consulting job with company doing business with school system

Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance quit a consulting job Saturday after questions were raised about the propriety of his employment with a private company that does business with the school system. In an email sent to school board members on Saturday afternoon, Dance said he had called the Illinois based SUPES Academy and told them that he would no longer be providing coaching for Chicago Public School principals. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s schools charge PTAs that use buildings

The John Hanson Montessori Parent Teacher Student Association has offered after-school dance and chess lessons for years, believing that the enrichment programs help engage Prince George’s County students. The group charges a small fee to pay the course instructors, and until now had been using space at the school for free. Or so the PTSA thought. Nicole Nelson, the PTSA’s vice president, said she recently received a bill from the school district asking for $2,502.70 in rental fees. Nelson believed it had to be a mistake, as the PTSA has barely $1,500 in its treasury. It turns out, as Nelson discovered, that the county’s administrative rules allow the school system to charge organizations, including PTAs, for using a school building whenever the group charges a fee for an event, even if the group doesn’t make much of a profit. (Wash. Post)

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New tech firm to help teach how to reach teachers 

A fledgling Baltimore-based technology company is partnering with the Education Industry Association to deliver the organization’s online professional development courses via its proprietary social media platform. The company, An Estuary, creates a variety of technologies for clients — who work in K-12, higher education and continuing education — to use for professional development purposes. (Daily Record)

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Teachers, Parents Struggle With New Common Core State Standards

In Kelly Thompson’s household, extracurricular activities are history. There’s no time for music lessons and after-school sports, no matter how much her two children enjoyed them. Not with the multiple tests her fourth-grader and sixth-grader take each week on top of additional hours of homework, the result of the new Common Core State Standards rolled out in Anne Arundel County Public Schools this year. The new standards are designed to better prepare students for college and careers, and sound good in theory, she and other parents say. But in practice, they say, the shifting educational tactics have left teachers frazzled, students stressed and parents frustrated. (WJZ-TV)

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FCC students record histories of veterans

In the classroom, Katy Hansen is an adjunct English professor at Frederick Community College. At home, she's an Army wife, passionate about veterans services and showing respect to former military personnel. She found a way last fall to bring the two together. Hansen's classes have recorded the military experiences of five veterans for the past three semesters as part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project and the Arizona-based Veterans Heritage Project. Groups of students are matched with a veteran, then interview and film the vet, transcribe the discussion and later present it to the class. (News-Post)

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