August 14 // Pugh's plan for free community college gets warm reviews

Mayor Catherine Pugh’s proposal to provide free community college for all Baltimore public high school graduates is being met with widespread support on Baltimore’s City Council. Council members consider the $1.5 million the mayor says is needed to pay for hundreds of students to attend Baltimore City Community College a relatively inexpensive proposal in a nearly $3 billion operating budget. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick County faces fewer construction dollars over next three years

Nine school systems, including Frederick County, could see their share of state school construction funding decrease over the next three years. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to approve recommended state levels for school construction cost-sharing at a meeting Wednesday. The percentage of funding for nine school systems will decrease: Frederick, Carroll, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, St. Mary’s, Somerset and Wicomico counties, and the city of Baltimore. (News-Post)

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Suit challenges Maryland school system’s transgender policy

A Maryland attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a county school board’s approval of a policy allowing students to choose which bathroom to use based on the gender with which they identify. The lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of a 15-year-old girl attending Frederick County High School and her mother. (AP) 

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University of Maryland scientists observe rare gamma ray burst

When a massive, dying star finally collapses into a black hole, it emits explosive jets of radiation known as a gamma ray burst that is second only to the Big Bang in terms of the energy produced. Usually over in seconds, a minute at most, gamma ray bursts are extremely rare events that astronomers have spent years trying to observe and measure. An international team of researchers led by astronomers from the University of Maryland, College Park finally succeeded last year when a mix of “preparation and luck” seemed to, well, align the stars in their favor. (Balt. Sun)

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FSU to offer two new nursing programs in fall

Health care professionals and undergraduate students can apply for two new nursing programs at Frostburg State University in the fall. FSU received approval from the University System of Maryland and Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer a Master of Science in nursing program with two concentrations, family nurse practitioner and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. (Times-News)

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New Somerset tech center seeks to change career mindset

Somerset County Public Schools officials will admit the current J.M. Tawes Technology & Career Center, with its burnt orange lockers and crowded work spaces, is a bit outdated. Which is why it's getting a facelift. The Somerset school system is constructing a new building for the J.M. Tawes Technology & Career Center to call home starting in the 2019-20 school year. (Daily Times)

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Annapolis Jaycees hold back-to-school scavenger hunt in Annapolis

Carrying brightly colored children's backpacks, two adults entered Kokopelli on Main Street Sunday afternoon and said the magic words — "please jam-pack my backpack." An employee leaned across the counter and placed a pair of scissors inside. The store was one of seven businesses participating in the Annapolis Jaycees' Jam-Pack a Backpack scavenger hunt. Now in its third year, the event guides volunteers around town as they solve clues, then pick up school supplies from participating businesses and other stops. (Capital)

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Family members see their plebes for the first time since Plebe Summer began in Annapolis

It was an exciting and emotional event for Jesse Clausen, of Sand Rock, Alabama. With his wife and two of his six children, he was standing in Tecumseh Court at the Naval Academy. His palm rested on the handlebar of the double stroller in which his two youngest sons, identical 3-year old squirmy twins, were seated. They were all waiting for their first glimpse of Midshipman 4th Class Race Clausen in slightly more than six weeks. (Capital)

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