Whiteford Council Members Debate Services For Special Needs Students In Harford

The methods the public school systems use to serve students with special needs became the subject of debate among members of the Whiteford, Cardiff, Pylesville, Street Community Council Thursday, Nov .21, during their regular meeting at the Highland Senior Center. Harford County Public Schools officials, who have sought public input as they develop their budget for the 2015 fiscal year, have mentioned the rising cost of educating special needs students. (Balt. Sun)

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Around 30 Graduate From FCC Adult Education Program

Frederick resident Greg Harrison was one of around 30 to receive his diploma at FCC’s graduation ceremony for its Adult Education Program, the fifth since it began in 2010. Nine students also completed the English as a Second Language program, and two women were recognized for earning their U.S. citizenship. The Adult Education Program serves more than 1,400 students annually, and students range in age from 16 to 85, according to an FCC news release. Daytime, evening and weekend classes in GED preparation, adult basic skills, English language classes, literacy, civics, and computer-based tutoring are offered at 13 locations throughout Frederick County. (News-Post)

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After-School Nature Clubs Introduce Students To Science And Play

Students at Glen Haven Elementary School, Silver Spring, played Scavenger Scheme, Thursday, the last day of a six-week after-school program to encourage students to connect with their environment and learn to play together outdoors instead of inside in front of a computer screen. The program, “Unplug and Play,” funded by a grant from the Montgomery County Council, is for third- through fifth-grade students and run by the Audubon Naturalist Society at four Title I elementary schools. (Gazette)

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Nov. 26 // Social Services to review alternative education programs offered to foster youths

The Baltimore Department of Social Services on Monday pledged a comprehensive review of alternative education programs for foster children, after revelations that it paid $40,000 to send students to a school in Philadelphia where they obtained a diploma in one day. The Crooked Places Made Straight Academy, where 80 youths from Baltimore took a three-hour exam to obtain a Pennsylvania high school diploma, shut down its one-day program Friday after inquiries from The Baltimore Sun. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s County high school football teams may finally get turf fields

In Prince George’s County, high school football teams are used to this: As the stakes get higher late in the season, the fields they play on — tenuous to begin with, even worse after weeks of soccer and storms — become nearly unplayable. But Prince George’s County coaches have reason to believe the conditions of their fields will soon improve. A bill mandating the installation of artificial turf at all county high schools will be brought before the Maryland State Assembly in January, and while a similar bill died in the Senate earlier this year, area representatives believe a revised version will have the needed support to pass into law. (Wash. Post)

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Hopkins University commits to local, organic food

The Johns Hopkins University has swapped traditional dining hall fare this year with new offerings: 25 varieties of apples from a farm in Pennsylvania, greens grown less than three miles away in Baltimore and gourmet beef from a cattle breeder in Monkton. In six years, the college plans to increase its servings of local, sustainably grown food to 35 percent of all ingredients, becoming one of a handful of universities nationwide to make such a commitment about its cuisine. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore is among most attractive U.S. markets for college students

Baltimore is a top destination for students looking to attend college. The Charm City has ranked eighth among major metro areas in the American Institute for Economic Research’s College Destinations Index for 2013 and 2014. The so-called college experience is not just about attending a university, according to the institute. It’s also about the university and the city or town where it is located. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Frederick County school board discusses budget priorities

High-quality teachers, facilities and curriculum, as well as greater community outreach, are the highest priorities Frederick County residents and businesses have for the county Board of Education as it prepares for its next budget cycle. Vice President Joy Schaefer shared the findings from the school board's multiple community town halls, held to gather feedback ahead of the fiscal 2015 process, at its meeting on Monday. (News-Post)

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