Dual enrollment helps students get a head start on higher learning

Maya Douglas of Clinton is a senior at Oxon Hill High School, but this spring, she’ll also be a student at Prince George’s Community College, paid for through the county school system’s dual enrollment program. Douglas is among numerous Prince George’s students taking advantage of the College Readiness and Completion Act of 2013. As a result of the state legislation that took effect last year, qualified public school juniors and seniors are able to take college classes while in high school, with the school system paying tuition. (Gazette)

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Jan. 22 // Montgomery moves forward on plan to remedy mismanagement at special education school

Montgomery school leaders are moving forward with a plan to make payments to students at a special education school for withdrawals from their school-arranged bank accounts, in spite of strong criticism that the proposal is inadequate. The action comes more than seven months after Rock Terrace’s problems came to light, with school families alleging that bank accounts were opened in students’ names, without parental knowledge, and that deposits and withdrawals were made for years. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel delegate proposes giving students off on Veterans Day

Del. Ted Sophocleus said the meaning of Veterans Day really struck him the first time he visited a veterans’ cemetery and saw the rows and rows of flags and graves. “To me, they’re our heroes who made the supreme sacrifice for us,” the four-term delegate from Linthicum said. “I think it’s a very valuable experience for children to see first hand.” That’s why he’s hoping his legislation to make Veterans Day a day off for school students will pass in the General Assembly this session. (Capital)

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State out to educate more 4-year-olds

More Maryland 4-year-olds could have access to public early childhood education programs starting next school year. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has proposed $4.3 million in new state funding for expanding the state’s prekindergarten program in fiscal 2015, which starts July 1. (Gazette)

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Female students majority in terms of enrollment

The new enrollment figures for Maryland’s institutions of higher learning again show that female students continue in the majority in terms of enrollment. Fifty-seven percent of the 357,394 overall student total indicated in the preliminary count taken in fall 2013 were female. In the mix were 288,951 full- and part-time undergraduates and 68,443 full- and part-time graduate students. In each of the segments of higher education in Maryland, females continued to enroll in greater numbers. (Star Dem.)

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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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