Hopkins is again among the nation's best medical, nursing schools. See how other Maryland schools ranked.

Johns Hopkins' nursing school has been dubbed the best in the country once again by U.S. News & World Report, with both its master's of nursing and doctor of nursing practice programs ranked at No. 1 among more than 180 graduate schools nationwide. The institution's school of medicine also held onto to its No. 2 rank among the best medical schools for research in the country, trailing only Harvard University. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore County Executive Olszewski wants school board audit released to the public ... and to him

The Baltimore County school board recently turned down County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s request for a copy of an audit of county school finances and contracts. Amid questions about technology contracting and ethical issues last year, state legislators and the county council demanded the audit, which the school board subsequently ordered. A draft of that audit was delivered to the school board chair Jan. 18. Saying he hopes the school board makes the audit public soon, Olszewski is pointing to the board’s unwillingness to share it with him and its lack of transparency to bolster his argument that the county executive should have more authority over the board. (Balt. Sun)

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Powerful Maryland House committee approves budget with increased school funding, cuts to Gov. Hogan's programs

A powerful General Assembly committee voted Friday to revise Gov. Larry Hogan’s more than $46 billion budget proposal to provide millions more in funding for Maryland’s public schools, while cutting some of the Republican governor’s prized initiatives. Led by Baltimore Democrat Maggie McIntosh, the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending plan that provides about $320 million more for operating Maryland’s public schools. That would be the first step toward implementing recommendations from the so-called Kirwan Commission, which has proposed ambitious new programs to boost student performance. (Balt. Sun)

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New education recommendations aim high — and so does the cost

For weeks, University System of Maryland Chancellor Emeritus William “Brit” Kirwan has been briefing Maryland legislators on new recommendations for improving the state’s schools. The recommendations are ambitious, and are the result of an ambitious assignment the Maryland General Assembly gave the 25-member commission he chairs. The panel was asked to review and make recommendations to update the state’s school funding formulas, and to “make policy recommendations that would enable Maryland’s preK-12 system to perform at the level of the best-performing systems in the world.” (Herald-Mail)

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Students, Parents Voice Contrasting Views on School Redistricting

At a public hearing to help shape a framework for a countywide study of school boundaries, students advocated for more diversity in their classrooms while some parents argued there’s no proof more diverse schools bring about better academic performance. The school board hopes to hire an independent consultant to review its school boundaries, the lines that determine which schools students attend, and changes are frequently contentious. (Bethesda)

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Heard the one about the Johns Hopkins students who studied stand-up comedy?

Jesse Huang took a deep breath, holding his hands over his eyes. Then, too nervous to sit still, he jumped up and danced through a row of auditorium seats. Within the hour, hundreds of Johns Hopkins University students would be crowding in, filling all the seats, sitting in the aisles and leaning against the walls to watch him and his classmates take a shot at stand-up comedy. Isaac Bernstein sat with his head down and his ear buds in, trying to stave off panic. (Wash. Post)

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Washington County Public Schools builds prekindergarten curriculum

Jackie Knable starts her Mondays by having her class of about 20 prekindergarten students talk and interact with one another for a few minutes. Then, they get in a circle, where they volunteer to talk about what they did over the weekend, sing a few songs and go over the class’ weekly responsibility chart. The students also recite the alphabet, the week’s poem, do some light stretching, identify specific letters and shapes, listen to a story and help fix a sentence’s structure and punctuation. And that’s just in the first hour. (Herald-Mail)

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Hopkins professors receive grants to commercialize research

Four Johns Hopkins professors received grants through a fund created to help faculty put their research on a path to commercialization. The professors received grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from the Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund. The fund allows $300,000 to be awarded annually. This was the fund’s first year awarding grants, and 17 applications were received. (Daily Record)

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