Montgomery County school board president files for re-election

Montgomery County Board of Education President Shebra Evans on Friday filed for another four-year term, joining a growing list of candidates for this year’s election. Evans was elected in 2016 and is a member of the board’s Strategic Planning Committee. She was recently elected by her colleagues to a second consecutive year as the board’s president. The Silver Spring resident and former financial analyst has two daughters in MCPS. Evans holds the District 4 seat on the board. (Bethesda)

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Middle school students Come to the Table at Garrett College

The eighth grade students from Northern and Southern middle schools attended the recent Come to the Table event at Garrett College, which was a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements. Students either worked individually or in small groups to complete a box dedicated to an assigned element in the periodic table. The students were to include specific information about the element they were assigned, such as element name, atomic number, symbol, atomic mass, state of matter and information about the element’s discovery. (Times-News)

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Robotics competition teaches youngsters numerous life skills, including perseverance

Alex Fairgrieve knows that failure can be a good thing. She’s learned, through a lot of trial and error, defeat is temporary. Alex, 13, was among 150 students on 20 teams that represented 17 local elementary and middle schools at the First Lego League qualifier on Saturday at Allegany College of Maryland’s Bob Kirk Arena. The event, hosted by Robotics and Engineering in Allegany County—Together, Inc., was the first of its kind held in Allegany County. Alex, who was on the Washington Middle School R.E.D. team at the competition, said building a robot to follow commands can be challenging and rewarding. (Times-News)

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Howard superintendent’s proposed $964 million budget looks to address special education staffing

Howard County schools Superintendent Michael Martirano is proposing an operating budget of $964 million for fiscal 2021 that addresses special education staffing, the health fund deficit and new general education positions. The $964.1 million budget proposal presented at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting is 7% larger than this year’s adopted spending plan, requesting $670.4 million from the county, $285.6 million from the state — including $7.8 million from the Kirwan Commission — and $8 million from additional sources. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County school superintendent asks for major increase in budget

Baltimore County School Superintendent Darryl L. Williams is proposing an aspirational budget for next school year that would increase spending by $114 million, including an 11 percent increase for the county share. He acknowledged that the request for additional money might have to be spread over several years, particularly because the state is not expected to boost funds to the county in the coming year. (Balt Sun)

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Alzheimer’s disease research lab — a potentially $100M project — planned for NIH campus

The National Institute on Aging is seeking proposals to bring a new Alzheimer’s disease research center to Montgomery County, a potentially $100 million project. NIA, a division within the National Institutes of Health, is planning a one-story, 24,000-square-foot facility for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research for the NIH’s Bethesda campus. It is intended to facilitate work in understanding and discovering effective treatments for these diseases, according to the agency. (Balt Bus Journal)


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Morgan State University looks to add medical school

Morgan State University is looking to bring a medical school to its Baltimore campus through a new partnership. The school's board of regents has authorized President David Wilson to pursue the opportunity to construct a new College of Osteopathic Medicine at Morgan State through a strategic partnership. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Ex-patients sue UMMS over alleged use of counterfeit surgical hardware

Fourteen former patients of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center have sued the Glen Burnie hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleging that a doctor implanted counterfeit spinal fusion hardware during surgeries and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the hardware distributor. (Daily Record)

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