Not Oscar, or Tony, but 'Fred' will recognize Baltimore student artists

It may not have the cachet of an Oscar or a Tony, but "The Fred" may soon become a coveted prize among high school artists in Baltimore. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has announced the inaugural Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize, named for longtime president of the Maryland Institute College of Art. (Balt. Sun)

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BOE to discuss legislation that would waive this year’s Maryland School Assessment tests

Sen. Nancy J. King, D-Montgomery, said she introduced the bill to skip MSA testing for third- through eighth-graders, because educators told her they are concerned that the tests are not aligned with the updated curriculum. (Herald-Mail)

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Commissioners acknowledge National School Choice Week

Students and representatives of schools of choice in Frederick County were acknowledged recently by the county commissioners with a proclamation for their participation in National School Choice Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. (News-Post)

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Community Foundation announces scholarships available

The Community Foundation of Carroll County announces that the 2014 scholarship criteria and applications for their 96 scholarships are available on their website at www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org. While many of these scholarships are earmarked for graduating high school seniors, some are available for students trying to acquire or enhance skills and for continuing students of history, environmental sciences, medicine, nursing, diesel mechanics and engineering. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Jan. 23 // Sleepy teens: Thousands being surveyed about school hours in Montgomery

Thousands of students, teachers and parents will be surveyed through late March about whether Montgomery County should shift the hours of the school day, as part of a plan intended to give teenagers more sleep. The surveys are part of a broad effort to collect community reaction to a proposal that would reset high school start times to 8:15 a.m., nearly an hour later than now. The plan was offered by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr in October, and several community meetings have been held since then. (Wash. Post)

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Community college enrollment falls in Maryland and Virginia, echoing national trend

Student enrollment is falling in most of Maryland and Virginia’s community colleges, echoing a national trend in a sector of higher education closely tied to the economy. The declines are steeper in Maryland. Data from the Maryland Higher Education Commission show there were 139,198 students in the state’s 16 community colleges last fall. The total was down 4 percent since 2012 and nearly 6 percent since 2010. (Wash. Post)

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School districts running out of snow days

Some students are probably getting a little worried about the school year running into their summer break. All of the local school systems have used at least four snow days so far this school year. (WBAL-TV)

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School safety more than law enforcement

Baltimore County is hoping to get a piece of the $75 million set aside by the federal government to improve school safety. The money would serve as part of a holistic approach to preventing tragedies like school shootings in New Town, Conn. and closer to home in Perry Hall. (WMAR-TV)

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