Liberty High School seeks votes in national education contest

Liberty High School has entered the third annual Follett Challenge, a $200,000 national education contest, hoping for a chance at one of the 15 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the best in kindergarten through 12th-grade innovation, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release. In addition to completing an online application, Liberty also submitted a short video to promote its innovative programs that teach students the 21st century skills they need to be prepared for life. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Ilchester students 'slime' teachers after successful fundraiser

Students at Ilchester Elementary School in Ellicott City have been named “heart heroes,” and last week, they certainly looked the part. Students crammed into the gymnasium Friday, March 28, many wearing superhero capes, or Superman t-shirts. But these superheros were doing something borderline dastardly: “sliming” their principal, assistant principal, and several teachers, pouring a mixture of flour, water and green food coloring over the heads of their educators. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland Extension offers entrepreneurial videos

People who want to go into business have a new tool that may be a catalyst for action. "My Business: Sharing the Journey" is a series of videos each featuring a successful rural entrepreneur in Maryland. The goal of this video series is to capture the excitement of rural entrepreneurship, and present the information in a way that motivates other potential entrepreneurs into action. (News-Post)

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Students hold service learning day for Humane Society

Students at Eldersburg Elementary School held a school-wide service learning day Monday to benefit the Humane Society of Carroll County. The day included informational sessions about pets and animal-themed games. The day was hosted by the school’s fifth-graders, who have been learning about the service learning process and planning activities since October. In the fall, those students investigated several local agencies to support and overwhelmingly chose the Humane Society. (Carr. Co. Times)

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March 31 // With Sojourner-Douglass' accreditation in jeopardy, students in limbo

Theo Jones is set to graduate from Sojourner-Douglass College with a nursing degree in November, but instead of celebrating as he nears the finish line, he's left wondering if he should transfer to another school. Sojourner-Douglass was ordered this month by its accrediting body to "show cause" or prove why it should not lose its accreditation, and Jones is one of the many students who are deeply worried about their futures. Jones said he's made inquiries to five potential employers in recent weeks, and all have asked him about the school's accreditation status. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland education officials reject Anne Arundel’s request for snow day waiver

Maryland education leaders on Friday denied Anne Arundel County’s request for a waiver of five instructional days that were lost to snow-related school closings, a decision that will mean an extended school year for Maryland’s fifth-largest school system. Anne Arundel schools closed for nine snow days but had only four emergency-weather days built into the school calendar. It had asked to be forgiven the five days it would have to tack onto the end of the school year. (Wash. Post)

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Arundel school board narrows superintendent search to three finalists

The Anne Arundel County school board has narrowed its search for a new permanent superintendent to three finalists, including two that are currently employed in the school system, officials said Friday. George Arlotto, school system chief of staff and associate superintendent for school performance, and Maureen McMahon, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, are two in-house candidates selected from a field of six semifinalists last weekend, school officials said. The other finalist is Francisco Durán, currently superintendent of Trenton (N.J.) Public Schools. (Balt. Sun)

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UMUC to lay off 70 amid declining enrollments

The University of Maryland University College announced Friday that it would lay off 70 employees — the latest problem to hit the school that caters to nontraditional students, including members of the military, the federal government and working adults. The layoffs, which began earlier this week, come as declining enrollments have triggered a loss of revenue. They will affect staff "across the board" in departments at the Adelphi and Largo campuses but not faculty members, UMUC spokesman Bob Ludwig said. The university employs about 2,000 in the U.S. (Balt. Sun)

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