Students in step with culture during annual German-American Day at McDaniel College

More than a dozen high schoolers stood in the center of the WMC Alumni Hall stage, hands holding colorful fabric connected to a center pole. Slowly at first, though rhythmically as confidence grew, the students wound around the pole — some dipped under, others over, as the fabric wrapped around the maypole. The dance was one of a handful students got the chance to learn Tuesday as a part of the 24th annual McDaniel College German-American Day, which allows middle and high school students to participate in workshops and hands-on activities. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore City's Pitts-Ashburton Elementary Middle School treated for rat infestation

Baltimore City school officials are addressing a reported rat infestation this week at an elementary middle school in the East Arlington neighborhood. A school district official confirmed that the Dr. Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary Middle School was experiencing a rat infestation problem this week. Extermination treatments have been applied to the building, district representative Anne Fullerton said in an email Tuesday. The school has since switched its three-day-per-week trash-removal schedule to a daily schedule, and repair crews have sealed exterior holes to keep rodents from entering. (Balt. Sun)

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Five kids in Maryland may have a polio-like disease, as CDC investigates

Health officials said five kids in Maryland are believed to have contracted a virus this fall that has symptoms similar to polio. The state’s health department said the five reported cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) also are being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are among dozens of cases the federal health agency is looking into across the country. In an email Tuesday, Maryland Department of Health spokeswoman Brittany Fowler said the CDC will “make a determination about the status of the cases” in Maryland “based on clinical and laboratory information.” (Wash. Post)

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October 16 // In Prince George’s, a battle over whether developers must fund school construction

In the final months of his eight-year tenure, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is battling with the County Council over legislation that touches on two of the county’s most hotly debated issues: education and development. The back-and-forth, which led Baker to issue his third-ever veto, began last month, when the council approved a bill allowing it to waive a school facilities surcharge for some residential developers. Supporters say such waivers would spur development in areas where long-vacant buildings have frustrated lawmakers and residents alike. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel County school board candidate defends donation from cell tower company

A county school board candidate’s campaign contributions have reignited tensions over cellphone towers, ahead of a forum for District 5 nominees. Current board vice president Terry Gilleland accepted a $500 contribution from cellphone tower company Milestone Tower Limited Partnership III in January, according to campaign finance documents. Gilleland said the company made the contribution out of support for his platform. (Capital)

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Maryland’s second JA Finance Park to open Tuesday in Silver Spring school

Less than a week after the ribbon cutting for the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, the school will be highlighted again this week as a key feature of the technical school holds its grand opening. The Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the third floor of the high school, will officially open Tuesday with a 3 p.m. ceremony. (Bethesda)

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FCC board of trustees chair says she didn’t know about Burmaster’s alleged history of abuse

Frederick Community College President Elizabeth “Libby” Burmaster has a history of behavioral allegations dating back to 1994, a recent investigation by The Frederick News-Post found. Numerous parents, families, teachers and faculty members have complained over the years, but these complaints did not surface when the FCC search committee was researching and selecting a new president in 2014. (News-Post)

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Jill Barnes has a big idea to bring literacy help to students

Unlocking the key to a child’s ability to read is always a new problem to solve, said Jill Barnes, literary specialist at Valley Elementary School in Jefferson. After a brainstorming session and years of training as a literacy specialist, Barnes has a plan to bring resources and tools directly to students struggling with literacy during the summer months. She proposed a first-of-its-kind Frederick County Mobile Literacy Clinic as part of the Dream Big Challenge, a $100,000 grant for teachers. (News-Post)

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