Md. Dept. of Natural Resources, Morgan St. forge research partnership

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Morgan State University will sign a new educational collaboration agreement Friday which seeks to promote collaborative research, community outreach, economic development and opportunity and workforce training. The agreement will be signed at the Morgan State University Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory, known as the PEARL. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Poly grad wins Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars competition

Stephen Grabowski, a recent graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, was the Baltimore City winner in the 15th annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars competition. Grabowski was one of 24 recipients – a winner was named for each Maryland county and Baltimore city – that will share in $192,000 in college scholarships. (Daily Record)

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AACo. Schools Use Robots For Students Who Can’t Physically Attend Class

Anne Arundel County Schools has begun using robots to help students who, for any number of reasons, cannot physically attend class. Peter Jauschnegg loves school, but his immune system is compromised by his cancer treatment and it would be too risky to attend. His robot Marvin takes him there virtually. It’s best described as a segway with an iPad on top. After months of online schooling, he found out in the hospital he was a candidate. For Peter and eight other Anne Arundel County students this year, the robots have allowed them to be in class while they heal. They control the robots using a keyboard. (WJZ-CBS)

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Common Ground hosts community concerts and artistic events for those not participating in classes

For the next two weeks, the grounds of McDaniel College will be taken over by participants in the annual Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Week courses, learning everything from how to participate in a jug band to how best communicate our changing understanding of gender. You don't have to sign up for a one- or two-week-long class to get the most out of the Common Ground experience though. Each week, they will host lectures and concerts open to the public, including a free Common Ground on the Town series the weekend of June 30 and a major festival to close out the event on July 8. (Carr. Co. Times)

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June 21 // Maryland's heroin fight turns to educating students from elementary school to college

In the ongoing battle to stem the heroin and opiate epidemic in Maryland, the newest focus is a state law that mandates teaching students in elementary schools through college about the dangers of the drugs. Public schools are tweaking drug-education lessons and colleges are preparing sessions for incoming students to comply with the Start Talking Maryland Act, which becomes law July 1. (Balt. Sun)

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Middle schools finish first year of using benchmark assessments to track progress, drive curriculum

Carroll County Public School administrators are using newly added middle school benchmark assessments to help drive curriculum and address problem areas in Carroll's schools. The assessments, which test middle school students on English language arts (ELA) and math, were given in Carroll for the first time this past school year. Similar assessments have been given at the elementary school level for the past few years. (Carr. Co. Times)

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BOE approves design for downtown Hagerstown project

Washington County school officials on Tuesday took another major step toward a shared vision for downtown Hagerstown, moving closer to transforming a blighted South Potomac Street building into much-needed classroom space. Following some discussion, the Washington County Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve educational specifications and a schematic design for its component of a proposed $30 million urban-improvement project in the city. (Herald-Mail)

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Police child abuse unit investigating video allegedly filmed at Digital Harbor High School

The Baltimore Police Department's child abuse unit is investigating a video that allegedly shows people at Digital Harbor High School having sex in the school building, police and school officials said. Police said a Digital Harbor teacher reported possible child pornography to police on May 26. The teacher told police a video was "produced by students who attend the school" and posted to Facebook, where it was viewed hundreds of times, police wrote in an incident report. (Balt. Sun)

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