No accord on reopening Loch Raven Elementary

Representatives from the Loch Raven Village and the Knettishall communities emerged from a meeting with Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance as strident as ever in their opposition to a plan calling for reopening a school at the site of the former Loch Raven Elementary despite assurances that a revised plan addresses some of their concerns. (Balt. Sun)

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County students lauded for gifted education accomplishments

Seven Charles County Public Schools students recently were selected for state recognition for their accomplishments in gifted education by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. (Md. Ind. News)

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Legion grants scholarship in speech contest

La Plata High School senior Michael MacMillan won a $750 scholarship by simply showing up Sunday as the lone competitor in the inaugural oratorical contest hosted by the American Legion Harry White Wilmer Post 82 in La Plata. Held nationally by the American Legion since 1937, the contest tasks high school students with delivering a speech related to the U.S. Constitution. (Md. Ind. News)

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Scholarship available for student athletes

The CKA SAVE Project of Silver Spring, which is designed to help students and the people who work with them through educational and professional development, has started a student-athletic academic scholarship program. The program will select two student-athletes — one boy and one girl — for a $250 higher education scholarship. (Gazette)

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Public charter school lotteries now open

Enrollment lotteries for Frederick County's public charter schools are open until March. Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School and Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School will accept lottery applications through March 3. Carroll Creek serves students age 3 through fifth grade, and Monocacy Valley serves prekindergarten through eighth grade. (News-Post)

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Jan. 21 // Expanded pre-K on O'Malley's agenda

Montgomery County education leaders support expanding access to early childhood education, a push Gov. Martin O’Malley is making in his last term. Expanding pre-kindergarten to about 1,600 more Maryland 4-year-olds is part of the governor’s 2014 legislative agenda, which was released Monday. The administration’s bill seeks to give more Maryland children access to pre-K by raising the threshold for income qualification from 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to 300 percent of the guideline. For a family of four, that is an annual income of $70,650. (Gazette)

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Maryland lacrosse players’ case moves into court

Families of two former Maryland high school lacrosse players have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against school officials alleging that the teens were suspended for having dangerous weapons after an unconstitutional search of their equipment bags turned up two small knives and a lighter. The lawsuit alleges that school officials in Talbot County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, violated the students’ constitutional rights to due process and their protections against unreasonable search and seizure in 2011 when they boarded the team bus to investigate a tip about alcohol and took action against the teenagers for items the students said they used to maintain their lacrosse equipment. (Wash. Post)

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Parade, art museum activities, honor King's legacy

Shelia Burkhalter and her 8-year-old daughter, Sydney, spent Monday afternoon cutting out maps, drawing and writing in matching books titled, "My personal journey." The Burkhalters were participating in a day of activities at the Walters Art Museum to commemorate the life and message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "It's not a day off, but a day on," said Shelia Burkhalter, an associate vice president for student affairs at University of Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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