UMB wins $29.5 million federal grant to help West Baltimore students

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has received a five-year, $29.5 million federal grant to aid in its efforts to help low-income families in West Baltimore. The funds will go toward the university's Promise Heights program and provide additional support to five Baltimore City Public Schools in the Upton and Druid Heights neighborhoods, including through early childhood mental health consultation, social-emotional support, academic support and enrichment; and college and career coaching. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Excused absences may be on the way for Montgomery Co. students who attend protests

Montgomery County high school students who miss class to attend organized protests or other civic activities during the school day are one step closer to having such absences excused. It’s not a done deal, but Montgomery County Public Schools’ board members voted unanimously for preliminary approval of the proposed policy change at their meeting on Sept. 11. If the proposed policy changes get final approval, public school students in the county would get up to three excused absences per academic year for civic engagement. (WTOP)

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Carroll school board to seek parent feedback on Bring Your Own Device policy for elementary level

Following concern over the Bring Your Own Device policy in Carroll County’s elementary schools, the Board of Education is debating modifying the policy depending on feedback from parents. Last spring, a parent came to a Carroll County Public Schools board meeting and spoke during public comment about her child viewing a horror movie another child was watching on the bus. She spoke of concern over the BYOD policy, and asked the BOE to look into it. (Carr. Co. Times)

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University of Maryland under fire for counseling group advertised as 'safe space for White students'

The University of Maryland is under fire after its counseling center listed a group billed as a “safe space for White students.” “Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities?” the counseling center’s online description of the group read earlier this week. “This group offers a safe space for White Students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings.” An accompanying flyer invited white students to join the group, dubbed “White Awake.” (Balt. Sun)

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Community members makeover Baltimore high school

A high school in Baltimore got a much-deserved makeover this week as part of a week of service. Under Armour, Heart of America, and Baltimore City Public Schools teamed up to transform Edmondson-Westside High School in only three days by sprucing up the school gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, four locker rooms, teachers’ lounge, main office, weight room, and wrestling room. From September 12 to the 14, community members and partners strived to teach, inspire, motivate, and empower students through their community service. (WMAR)

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September 14 // University of Maryland to honor Capital Gazette shooting victims

The University of Maryland announced plans Thursday to honor the five victims of June’s mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will rename an executive seminar room in Knight Hall as an on-campus memorial for Maryland alumni John McNamara, ’83, and Gerald Fischman, ’79, adjunct professor Rob Hiaasen, and their colleagues Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. (Capital)

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UMBC, county police sued over sexual assault investigation practices

Two former University of Maryland, Baltimore County students have filed suit against the school, police and Baltimore County officials alleging a pattern of failing to properly investigate and prosecute sexual assault allegations. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claims violations of federal law and the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights because of the defendants’ combined efforts to minimize the number of sexual assaults reported and investigated in the county. (Daily Record)

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Higher teacher salaries among BOE candidates' priorities during forum

Most candidates running for Washington County Board of Education seats in November agreed Thursday that for the district to attract and maintain a qualified and diverse work force, teachers should be paid more. "They're not staying in the profession," incumbent Linda Murray, who was appointed to the board in June 2017, said. "We need to treat them accordingly. We need to pay them what they're worth." (Herald-Mail)

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