Liberty music teacher is finalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been a semifinalist for the award for two consecutive years. The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a $1,000 grant. The winner and their school each get $10,000, and the winner will be flown to New York to attend the 60th annual Grammy Awards in January and a range of Grammy week events. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford student pages meet and greet with legislators ahead of General Assembly session

Harford County’s student pages will not only get coffee and file papers for legislators during their time with the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis this winter, they also will get a behind-the-curtain view of state government in action. “You learn the textbook version of how legislative bodies work, but as a page you’re going to see how things really work,” Natalie Hutcheson, a former page, said. “You’ll see the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing of how the process actually goes.” (Aegis)

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Global Awareness Day gives perspective for Hood College students

Santana Robinson has always been familiar with the United States’ policy that allows qualified adults 18 and older to join the military. What she wasn’t as familiar with was how many countries — studies suggest 40 percent — use children to fight their battles. Robinson and her classmates in the Introduction to Global Studies class at Hood College conducted semester-long research on a global issue and presented their findings Thursday at Hood College’s Global Awareness Day in the Whittaker Campus Center Commons room. (News-Post)

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Howard County schools spotlight computer science in Hour of Code event

In school systems across the country, including Howard County, teachers are infusing daily lessons with computer skills to provide students with a foundation of technical knowledge from a young age. These lessons and skills were highlighted this week as Howard schools participated in the global Hour of Code event, which provides participants of all ages and skill levels with tutorials to learn coding. (Ho. Co. Times)

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December 7 // Prince George’s school board member wants deeper probe of alleged grade tampering

A Prince George’s County school board member who helped launch an investigation of alleged grade-tampering and fraudulent graduation rates told a state panel on Wednesday that the state officials need to conduct a deeper probe into the scandal. “More state intervention is necessary,” board member Edward Burroughs told the state Board of Public Works, a three-member panel made up of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and Treasurer Nancy Kopp (D). Burroughs is one of four school board members who wrote a letter to Hogan earlier this year asking the state to investigate the allegations, which have roiled the state’s second-largest jurisdiction. (Wash. Post)

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Waterloo Elementary earns Blue Ribbon recognition

Howard County’s Waterloo Elementary School was one of six Maryland public schools named Maryland n Dec. 5 to receive the state Department of Education’s 2017-2018 Blue Ribbon schools Dec. 5. The Blue Ribbon Schools state and nationwide program honors schools for high performance and students’ improvement in reading and mathematics as measured by state assessments. Schools scored in the top 15 percent on the 2017 state PARCC assessments. Additional recipients include West Towson Elementary in Baltimore County, Fallston Middle in Harford County, Urbana Elementary in Frederick County, and Bannockburn and Luxmanor elementaries in Montgomery County. (Columbia Flier)

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CCPS school board chooses type of committee for school closure, redistricting discussions

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education made forward steps Wednesday night in the redistricting and school closure discussion. The school board decided on a process, in regard to what type of organization to eventually make recommendations, and also gave a few broad parameters that the organization will be tasked with. After much discussion, the board agreed to move forward with a committee of about 14 individuals, that would likely include five parents, two representatives from the bargaining units, three CCPS staff members, one person from Carroll County Government staff, two members of the business community and a facilitator. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Hagerstown Community College board finalizes profile in search for new president

In its next president, Hagerstown Community College hopes to attract a collaborator, a unifier and a relationship builder to lead the institution into the future. Those were a few qualities emphasized by dozens of people who participated in public forums Tuesday to offer input on the college's upcoming presidential search. During a special meeting Wednesday, the HCC Board of Trustees reviewed and unanimously approved its presidential profile to officially launch the process to find a full-time replacement for outgoing President Guy Altieri. (Herald-Mail)

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