Harford school board takes 'corrective action' after violating open meetings law

The Harford County Board of Education has agreed to take steps to prevent violations of open meetings laws after the state’s Open Meetings Compliance Board earlier this year found the board committed two violations in 2017. “We’ve taken corrective action,” school board President Joseph Voskuhl said Wednesday night. He stressed that the violations were related to matters of procedure for entering into closed session, not because the board had been accused of hiding information from the public. (Aegis)

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Univ. of Maryland system chief Caret earned nearly $800,000 in FY 2017

The head of the University System of Maryland received nearly $800,000 in compensation for fiscal year 2017, according to a report released by The Chronicle of Higher Education on Sunday. University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret was the highest-paid head of a public university in the state, receiving a controversial, one-time $75,000 bonus and other perks that brought his total compensation to $785,696. (Balt. Sun)

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New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school

State school planners are asking fresh questions about Howard County’s proposal for a 620-seat Talbott Springs Elementary School, a move that could delay construction of a new school or renovation of the existing building by at least a year. The state has said it won’t earmark funds for a new school, forcing the county to consider remodeling the Columbia building or paying all of the costs for a new one. (Ho. Co. Times)

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School board chair faces assault charge after incident with fellow member

A Maryland school board chair is facing an assault charge after allegedly shoving and threatening a fellow board member following a tense board meeting. Segun C. Eubanks, who has led the Prince George’s County school board since 2013, is accused in the Thursday incident involving school board member Edward Burroughs III, who filed a complaint. (Wash. Post)

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Project aims to help diversify architecture, historic preservation fields

Just a handful of monuments that celebrate prominent African Americans exist in Baltimore, a city so well known for its historical sites that it bears the moniker the “Monumental City.” Dale Green, a professor of architecture at Morgan State University, blames the absence on the lack of African Americans in the architecture and historic preservation fields. To correct this, Green has recruited six students from the university to join the school’s inaugural “Preservation in Practice” program. (Balt. Sun)

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St. Mary's County students plan to protest in Annapolis for improved gun control laws

Student efforts to win tougher gun control laws in Maryland are gaining new energy after the shooting deaths of five staff members at the Capital Gazette Newspapers. Students plan a rally in Annapolis on July 21 where they will remember those killed in an Annapolis newsroom and pressure lawmakers — and especially Gov. Larry Hogan — to improve controls on gun possession. (Capital)

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Maryland ranked as one of the most dangerous states for kids online

A recent study reveals that Maryland is ranked eight out of 10 on a list of the “Most Dangerous States for Kids Online.” The Internet Service Partners released a report titled “Safest and Most Dangerous States for Kids Online” on July 11, which analyzes the most recent youth statistics and cybercrime reports related to malware infection rates, youth victims of internet crime, state education rank, cyber-bullying laws, and youth mental illness. (WJZ-TV)

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Grand jury indicts teens accused of hate crimes at Glenelg High School

A Howard County grand jury has indicted the four Glenelg High School students charged with hate crimes after swastikas and racial epithets were found scrawled on the school’s property in late May, the state’s attorney’s office said Friday. Tyler Curtiss of Brookeville, Matthew Lipp of Woodbine, Joshua Shaffer of Mount Airy and Seth Taylor of Glenwood — all 18 — each face identical seven-count indictments, including three hate-crime charges. (Balt. Sun)

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