Private school loses state voucher money over anti-LGBT policy

A state education panel has voted unanimously to rescind taxpayer-funded vouchers from a Harford County Lutheran school that said it reserved the right to deny admission to gay and transgender students. The board of the state’s private school voucher program made the decision Wednesday after being alerted to the discriminatory language in the handbook of Trinity Lutheran Christian School in Joppa. The decision means the school will not receive any voucher money this year. (Balt. Sun)

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Arundel High hosts mock competition for Naval Academy, Maryland racers

Curious kids got to pick the brains of college-aged engineers Saturday during a mock racing competition between the Naval Academy and the University of Maryland. The college students were racing around a parking lot outside Arundel High School with go-kart-like vehicles comparable to a smaller Formula One racer. The mock competition was hosted by Arundel High, in partnership with the Baltimore section of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Teams from both colleges took a break during the event, parked their cars, and let students examine and sit in the vehicles. (Capital)

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ACM offering reduced tuition for neighboring counties

Allegany College of Maryland is offering reduced tuition for eligible students in nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia. A 10 percent tuition discount for residents of a half-dozen counties that share a border with Allegany County will take effect in July. A reduced rate for these residents stems from new state law that allows Maryland community colleges to offer discounted tuition to out-of-state students who live in contiguous counties. The tuition discount applies to students in Bedford, Fulton and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania and Hampshire, Mineral and Morgan counties in West Virginia enrolled at the Cumberland campus or in online courses. (Times-News)

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Closure of East Middle, William Winchester possible; K-8 concept again a topic of discussion for school board

Carroll County Public Schools is discussing possible concepts that could bring countywide redistricting, school closures and different grade configurations in the next two to four years. The Board of Education made changes to its Capital Improvement Plan request at its October school board meeting that removed requests for modernization and systemic renovations at East Middle School, and brought up the option to remove the requests with a plan to close the school, along with William Winchester Elementary School, and to create a kindergarten through eighth-grade facility combining the two. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Partnership exposes student teachers to diverse settings

Teachers can be prepared to teach any student in any community through an innovative teacher preparedness program launching this fall at Coppin State University and Frostburg State University. Pathways to Professions will see urban and rural teacher candidates trade places in order to boost teacher excellence, student excellence and inclusivity. “We want our teacher candidates to have the opportunity to experience teaching in a different context,” said Yi Huang, associate dean/associate professor of CSU College of Arts & Sciences and Education and author and principal investigator of the grant. (Times-News)

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Maryland Symphony Orchestra hosts more than 1,000 Washington County students

Nearly 1,100 Washington County middle and high school students flocked to The Maryland Theatre to listen to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on Friday. Conducted by Elizabeth Schulze, the orchestra performed a free Masterworks concert that included musical highlights from “Bach to Beethoven and Beyond," a concert scheduled for this weekend. Dr. Stephen Miles, supervisor of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools, said exposing students to orchestra music is important because they might not get the chance to hear it anywhere else. (Herald-Mail)

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October 13 // Hundreds urge Kirwan Commission to provide equitable funding to schools

Hundreds of people gathered in the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute auditorium Thursday night to urge members of the Kirwan Commission to develop a formula that would more equitably fund education in Baltimore and across Maryland. The 25-member commission, formed to revamp the way the state distributes funding to school systems, is holding public hearings across the state before issuing a report to the legislature before the end of the year. The General Assembly will then decide how to implement its recommendations. (Balt. Sun)

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Fewer employees on leave for alleged abuse or neglect in Md. school system

Officials in a Maryland school system that placed hundreds of employees on leave amid allegations of abuse and neglect say they have improved training and procedures this year to strike a better balance between protecting students and keeping staffers on the job. Forty employees were on administrative leave as of early October in Prince George’s County public schools, officials said Thursday, and just five cases have originated this school year. (Wash. Post)

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