School leaders in Maryland ask for no AP testing on Muslim holy day

School officials in Maryland are calling on the College Board to avoid scheduling Advanced Placement exams on the expected date of a Muslim holy day next school year, saying students should be able to observe the holiday without worrying about missing tests. Montgomery County’s Board of Education voted unanimously to notify the College Board of the potential conflict and to ask that no exams be held on the holy day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan and is one of the Islamic faith’s two major holidays. (Wash. Post)

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UMES pilot program would not use SAT, ACT scores in admissions

In a year-long pilot program, the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore will not use standardized test scores as part of its admissions process. The university joins a growing number of institutions that are uncoupling admissions decisions from students’ scores on the SAT and ACT examinations. The pilot program, which received preliminary approval from a University System of Maryland Board of Regents committee, comes as the university struggles to enroll students and as some of its competitors — other historically black colleges and universities — have stopped using the standardized tests as a deciding factor in admissions. (Daily Record)

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All-Clear Given After Gas Line Struck On UMD Campus

Officials have given the all-clear after a reported gas leak on the University of Maryland campus in College Park Tuesday afternoon. Police said the incident happened near parking lot O1 and the Architecture Building. (WJZ-TV)

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Montgomery County Officials To Hear Measures On Vaping

The Montgomery County Council is holding hearings on a package of measures and regulations aimed at protecting children from vaping. The council is scheduled to hold hearings Tuesday on the measures in Rockville, Maryland. Highlights include a proposal to ban electronic cigarette manufacturers from selling their products to any retailer within a half-mile of any middle or high school.  (AP)

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Free meal swipes: Gaithersburg-based Sodexo tackles campus food insecurity

College students don’t always make the most nutritious food choices. But for some, regular access to sufficient meals — let alone nutritious ones — is a challenge. It is estimated that at any given time, as many as one in three college students faces food insecurity, or lack of expendable money to feed themselves properly. Gaithersburg, Maryland-based food services company Sodexo North America is partnering with California nonprofit Swipe Out Hunger for a pilot program on a handful of campuses it serves. (WTOP)

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Library program aims to inspire early literacy

Frederick County Public Libraries has announced a new program that aims to increase early literacy. As part of a nationwide effort to teach literacy skills earlier in life, the library system has implemented a new program that invites families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten. The program is "an incentivized roadmap for parents and children alike to achieve higher levels of literacy and school readiness before entering kindergarten," according to a system press release. (News-Post)

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Anne Arundel County Students Publish Children’s Book

Third grade students at Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie will celebrate the publication of their children’s book they wrote and illustrated to support literacy in Ethiopia. The book is about the importance of bees. They wrote and illustrated the book last year. The book was translated into Amharic for distribution to children in Ethiopia. (WJZ-TV)

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Bar passage rates rise in Md.’s first year using uniform exam

In Maryland’s first year using the Uniform Bar Examination, both the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore law schools saw a significant improvement in bar passage rates. All told, 838 Maryland and out-of-state test takers completed the exam this past July, with 573 — or 68% — passing, according to results from the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners. The results are a noticeable increase from last year, when 782 people took the exam and 463 — or 59% —  passed, according to records from the board. (Daily Record)

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