Maryland HBCUs Prioritize Green Learning And Outreach

Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning is at the center of a redevelopment plan for Baltimore City’s northeast corridor. The ‘Morgan Community Mile,’ announced last April as a renewal project for commercial and residential square mile surrounding the university, has given SA+P architecture students a platform for conceptualizing and designing new facilities for the area, including a new community center, and areas for signage and banners to promote civic pride and identity. (Huff. Post)

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Glen Burnie teacher honored with award, $10K

A presidential honor is in the works for an Anne Arundel County school teacher and it's all based on what she's doing in the classroom. Kris Hanks is Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics teacher at Woodside Elementary School, and the recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. (WBAL-TV)

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Century High students spend winter break in class

Although Carroll County schools have been closed for the past two weeks, some Century High School students spent their time off in class. Members of the school's robotics club, which includes about 25 students, spent three days of the winter break working with engineers at Westminster-based Land Sea Air Autonomy to help prepare for upcoming robotics competitions. Students had the opportunity to work with Land Sea Air engineers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, tour the Land Sea Air building (the former Knorr Brake building), and learn RobotC programming code. (Balt. Sun)

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Jan. 2 // U.S. education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and at least one other Education Department official urged New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his team not to choose Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr as the city’s next schools chancellor, according to several people knowledgable about the selection process. It was an unusual move by the nation’s top education official and came in the wake of Starr’s vocal criticism of some of the Obama administration’s school reform policies. (Wash. Post)

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Delegate files complaint with ethics panel over Dance's consulting job

A Maryland legislator has filed a complaint with the Baltimore County school board's ethics panel, saying he wants them to rule on whether Superintendent Dallas Dance violated board policy when he took a part-time job with a company doing business with the school system. Dance took a part-time job in August, training Chicago principals with a for-profit company that had received a $875,000 contract with the school system in December 2012. He also did not notify the board ahead of time about the job, which his contract required. (Balt. Sun)

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After slow progress, College Park moving quickly toward 'real college town' goals

A gleaming new apartment building with restaurants and bars on the ground floor has replaced an old pizza place and tire shop. A new Whole Foods will sprout up just down the road. A four-star hotel and bike lanes are planned. The changes are part of a longer-term effort to transform U.S. 1 — the University of Maryland, College Park's main drag — from a jumbled mix of strip malls and fast-food joints. After a decade of slow progress, the building spree jump-starts a plan to remake the city of College Park into a "real" college town. (Balt. Sun)

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Local organization marks $10 million in scholarships

In the early 1800s, a successful businessman watched as young homeless girls roamed the docks of Baltimore, selling items to survive. He thought that if they just had an education, that could make all of the difference. So he began planning for a school. When the Samuel Ready School for Female Orphans closed its doors in 1977, a scholarship foundation took its place, and in the past 20 years, it has given $10 million in financial assistance to about 250 young girls in the Baltimore area so that they can complete middle and high school at one of six prestigious independent schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Extreme hazing alleged at Salisbury University frat chapter

Members of a fraternity chapter at Salisbury University beat a recruit with a paddle, forced pledges to drink until one vomited blood, and made students stand in trashcans full of icewater, according to an investigation this week by Bloomberg. The news outlet's story  focuses on Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which according to Bloomberg has had nine deaths from drinking, drugs and hazing nationally since 2006. The founder of Salisbury's chapter withdrew a $2 million donation after the group was suspended by the university amid the hazing investigation, according to Bloomberg. (Balt. Sun)

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