Baltimore County Schools look to name new school

Baltimore County Public Schools will allow the community's input and ideas to name the new northeast area elementary school under construction in Perry Hall. According to officials, they are accepting nominations starting Monday until Friday, November 3rd. The public is encouraged to submit names using the online form on www.survey.bcps.org. (WMAR-TV)

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Bel Air students punished over racial slur photo

Over 16,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the expulsion of students already punished for spelling out a racial slur at Bel Air High School. Harford County Schools says 7 students were disciplined, but did not reveal how. "Honestly, I was disgusted, disappointed, hurt," says Jahneen Keatz, whose daughter attends Bel Air High School. Keatz and other parents launched the petition late last week. (WMAR-TV)

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Towson High, Carver magnet programs slate open houses for prospective students

Two Towson-area high schools will participate in a countywide magnet school showcase set for dates throughout October and November. The events provide students and parents with more information about magnet programs ahead of the county’s application deadline for the programs. Magnet programs enrich student educational experiences and academic performance through unique learning environments and instructional programs, according to the website of the Baltimore County Public Schools. (Towson)

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Schools focus on safety both inside, outside of the bus

For students at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, Monday morning’s bus drop-off was a little different than usual. The elementary-schoolers participated in bus evacuation drills, going out the front or back of the bus to practice for possible emergencies. This happens twice a year, Katie Finneran, assistant principal at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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October 16 // University of Maryland team takes 2nd place in international ‘Solar Decathlon’

A team of students from the University of Maryland took second place Saturday for its design of a future-looking energy-efficient home at a “Solar Decathlon” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Over nine days in Denver, nearly a dozen homes were evaluated for their energy performance, livability and market potential. The Maryland house stood out for its water-reuse system and emphasis on home gardening. “This prestigious competition engages students from across the country and internationally to develop the skills and knowledge to become the next generation of energy experts,” said Linda Silverman, director of the Solar Decathlon. (Wash. Post)

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Federal Trade Commission teams with state AGs to combat student debt relief scams

The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that it has formed a task force with 12 state attorneys general to crack down on student debt relief scams. The federal-state initiative, dubbed Operation Game of Loans, is responsible for five cases against companies, such as Student Debt Doctor and American Student Loan Consolidators, accused of misleading borrowers about their ability to lower student-loan payments or illegally charging upfront fees before providing the service. The task force, which includes law enforcement in Maryland and the District, has frozen the assets of the accused and obtained temporary restraining orders to bring their operations to a halt. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore school that raised money for hurricane victims gets star turn on Ellen DeGeneres show, receives $25,000 gift

Students at City Springs Elementary/Middle School spent the first few weeks of September raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, quickly gaining national attention for their efforts. One of the people who took notice of the altruistic kids was TV host Ellen DeGeneres. A video about the students at the Southeast Baltimore school and their eighth-grade humanities teacher, Wyatt Oroke, was featured on her popular television show Friday afternoon, and ended with the students receiving a donation for their school. DeGeneres’ team surprised the students with a giant check for $25,000 made out to the school. (Balt. Sun)

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Redistricting proposal would move Baltimore Highlands elementary students

As many as 182 students from Baltimore Highlands Elementary School could be sent to Lansdowne Elementary next year under a redistricting plan being considered by the school board. The school system is redrawing boundaries for several southwest county schools as it prepares to open a new Lansdowne Elementary building next year. The new building will be able to hold 709 students, more than double the capacity of the 50-year-old building it is replacing. “The intention is to provide relief to overcrowding, particularly in Baltimore Highlands,” said Russell Brown, the Baltimore County school system’s chief accountability officer. (Balt. Sun)

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