Planning Commission recommends Otis bill on school construction fees

The Frederick County Planning Commission has endorsed a bill proposed by County Council President Bud Otis that would raise school construction fees that developers must pay to build in Frederick County. Five commissioners voted to recommend passage of the bill, with one opposed and one abstention, after they heard from members of the development community and others at a hearing Wednesday. (News-Post)

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Former Carroll County teacher Kenneth Fischer will continue to be detained until trial

Former Carroll County Public Schools teacher Kenneth Brian Fischer, who was federally indicted for a sexual offense involving a minor, among other charges, will continue to be detained until his trial in March, and will not be released into the custody of his father, a judge decided after a detention hearing Thursday afternoon in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Fischer, 40, is currently being held at the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore, which is the third location in which he has been housed. (Carr. Co. Times)

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FSU math chair earns University System of Maryland professorship

Justin Dunmyre’s passion is to help students succeed at learning, and he wants to train and support his colleagues in methods to help their students succeed, too. It is that passion that earned Dunmyre the prestigious Wilson H. Elkins professorship from the University System of Maryland. “Many students come into my class, and they are used to having instructors talk at them for 50 minutes, but in here, we’re asking them to learn to solve problems on their own. That can be scary,” said Dunmyre, an associate professor and chair of the department of mathematics at Frostburg State University. (Times-News)

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September 13 // St. John’s College announces plan to lower tuition by $17,000 a year

In a move to make education more affordable for its students, St. John’s College will slash tuition by $17,000 and attempt to bolster its endowment fund. The private, liberal arts school in Annapolis is planning to install a new philanthropy-centered financial model that relies more on donor dollars, it announced Wednesday. This model will make St. John’s less dependent on tuition-paying students. “We’ll make up that difference by doubling our endowment,” said Panayiotis Kanelos, president of the college’s Annapolis campus. St. John's also has a campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “By next fall, no student at St. John’s will pay more than $35,000 a year.” (Balt. Sun)

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Proposal to extend the school day for BCPS

It's news students in Baltimore County Public Schools likely won't want to hear. A Baltimore County Public Schools School Day Taskforce subcommittee is proposing a plan to extend the school day by 15 minutes. The proposal would add 45 hours to the school year. The recommendation says the added 15 minutes will help the county meet the required hours and days set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education. It will also allow the school district to build in more inclement weather days into the calendar and keep the traditional week-long Spring Break. (WMAR)

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Superintendent Arlotto unveils $172 million recommended capital budget for Anne Arundel schools

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto unveiled his recommended $172 million capital budget for fiscal 2020 Wednesday morning. Arlotto’s budget includes money to begin a long-awaited transformation of the Old Mill cluster. The budget was mentioned at a Board of Education meeting Wednesday, but wasn’t discussed by members. A public workshop is scheduled for Thursday evening, in which the board will review the proposal in detail, and a public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26. The budget must be approved by the county council next year. (Capital)

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Hagerstown Community College working to bulk up labor force

There are not enough skilled workers for Washington County businesses, and Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber is determined to help. Speaking Wednesday at a monthly Eggs and Issues breakfast hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Klauber touched on what he calls the "three vital roles" of a community college. The first role of a community college, he said, is as an education provider for all types of students, including those who intend to transfer to a four-year school, dual-credit students, adult learners and everyone in between. (Herald-Mail)

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Community college program helps parents of young children reach their academic goals

When Jalisa Solivan got pregnant in college midway through the semester, she dropped out. Her baby’s father, now her husband, finished his degree while she took care of their son, Nathan. Now, years later, she’s found her second chance at a career. In its second year, Frederick Community College’s Parents Lead program offers scholarship money and flexible hybrid courses that are taught partially online to parents with young children. It was just what these parents needed — they said they found classrooms of students with experiences like their own and support from instructors who understood the demands of their family lives. (News-Post)

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