Committee Calls On Gansler To Investigate ‘Chitling’ Test At Arundel

Members of an Anne Arundel County schools advisory group are calling for a state investigation into the distribution of the controversial "Chitling Intelligence Test" this fall at Arundel High School. Members of the Office for Civil Rights advisory panel wrote Attorney General Doug Gansler on Wednesday, asking for him to investigate distribution of the test and alleged disparate treatment of African-American students. (Capital)

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Maxwell addresses the Prince George’s County Council

In his first public appearance before the Prince George’s County Council, Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell said Tuesday that he is evaluating the district’s specialty programs, surveying underutilized schools and analyzing how grades are distributed in schools. (Wash. Post)

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University Of Maryland Launched Extensive PR Campaign To Change Impressions About Big Ten Move

The University of Maryland anticipated most fans would initially react "emotionally and negatively" to last year's decision to join the Big Ten Conference. So the school sought to influence the debate with a plan to lobby media pundits and plant positive comments into fan message boards. (Balt. Sun)

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New cameras coming for Mont. Co. school buses

By the time your kids head back to school after the winter break in Montgomery County, some of their school buses are expected to have a new piece of equipment: exterior cameras. A fraction of the school's fleet of 1,100 school buses will be getting the new technology. (WTOP)

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Baltimore County Not Renewing Public-Run Charter School

Baltimore County is about to pull the plug on its only public-run charter school. Imagine Discovery Public Charter School opened almost five years ago on Whitehead Road with high hopes and lots of interest from parents. But in recent years, enrollment has gone down slightly and test scores have remained about average. But the county wouldn't say exactly why the two sides are now parting ways. (WBAL-TV)

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College gets federal grant to help first-year students

The College of Southern Maryland received $450,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month through the highly competitive Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program. The project length for the grant is five years, and the college is expected to receive additional funds for the next four years to promote a seminar on attaining educational goals for first-year students, among other initiatives, according to a news release from the college. (Md. Ind. News)

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Md. Attorney General Teams Up With Schools To Track Bullies

Bystanders and upstanders may be one way to win the battle on bullying at Maryland schools. State Attorney General Doug Gansler is teaming up with teachers and students to track bullies. Gansler visited students to encourage those who see bullying in the hallway and online to speak up. (WJZ-TV)

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ACES program serves college-bound students

For about two months, Brad Pabian has been getting to know the 120 students at Northwood High School in Silver Spring he will help coach toward a common goal — college. Pabian is one of ten academic coaches working in a new program that ties county high schools and college institutions together to give underserved students the support that could land them a college acceptance letter and a degree. (Gazette)

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