Dec. 17 // Later bell time proposed for Montgomery County students

More than 200 people attended a public meeting Monday night that discussed the proposed changes to Montgomery County Public Schools' start times. The changes, recommended by Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, would let high schoolers in the county start class 50 minutes later than they do now. The aim is to allow the students to get more sleep, Starr says. (WTOP)

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Offensive student tweets target Montgomery schools chief Starr

Forecasts for snow in Montgomery County often mean a bit of “cyberpleading” — e-mails or tweets that vigorously urge officials to close schools for the day. That happened during last week’s winter-like weather, but a number of messages to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did more to offend than persuade. Some used racial epithets. Some used curse words. One threatened to slash Starr’s tires. A few messages mentioned Starr’s family in inappropriate ways, he said. (Wash. Post)

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Hodson gives $2.5 million to Hood

Plenty of students may be panicking at Hood College as they head into final exams, but the administration has a couple of million reasons to be happy this week. Hood's gift from the Hodson Trust totals $2.5 million this year, school officials said Dec. 12. The money isn't guaranteed, President Ron Volpe said, but it's become somewhat of an annual holiday tradition. The latest disbursement will be used for the school's nursing program, faculty research, capital projects and scholarships. (News-Post)

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NFL funds concussion research

The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, the National Institutes of Health and the National Football League are putting their heads together to study youth concussions. Last year, the NFL donated $30 million to an NIH program that funds research on injuries affecting athletes, and Monday, the NIH announced that Kennedy Krieger researchers are receiving some of that money. (Daily Record)

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Hagerstown Community College is partnering with Johns Hopkins University to participate in cybersecurity research work

Hagerstown Community College is moving ahead with a partnership with Johns Hopkins University that will enable some HCC students to participate in research work with the elite institution in the field of cybersecurity. HCC is developing an “Educational Partnership Agreement” with the university’s Information Security Institute, or JHUISI, that is likely to be ready by the spring of 2014, leading to a collaboration that begins in late 2014 or early 2015. (Herald-Mail)

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Frederick County school board to choose new leader

Frederick County's Board of Education will vote Wednesday to decide who will replace longtime member Jean Smith as its next president. She will not seek re-election as she begins her 20th year on the local school board, choosing instead to step back and “be a good board member” until her term ends in 2014. “It's an amazingly hard job, and people don't understand that until they've done it,” Smith said. “I'll just have the pressure off my shoulders now.” (News-Post)

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The Cost of Education

The Wicomico County Education Association for teachers and other workers says the largest school system on Maryland’s Lower Shore — with more than 14,000 students and 27 schools or alternative centers for learning — is at or near the bottom statewide in teacher salaries. Teacher pay, said Kelly Stephenson, association president, makes it tough to recruit quality educators. (Daily Times)

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Dec. 16 // Dance quits consulting job with company doing business with school system

Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance quit a consulting job Saturday after questions were raised about the propriety of his employment with a private company that does business with the school system. In an email sent to school board members on Saturday afternoon, Dance said he had called the Illinois based SUPES Academy and told them that he would no longer be providing coaching for Chicago Public School principals. (Balt. Sun)

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