Mardela School Reconsideration Sought

Requests to restore capital funding for a school project dominated most of this week’s public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and fiscal years 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program for Wicomico County. On Tuesday, parents, educators, students and community leaders gathered in the chambers of the Wicomico County Council to request funding for a renovation project at Mardela Middle and High School be placed back into the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2020-2024. In late April, community members were surprised to learn the money had been removed from County Executive Bob Culver’s proposed planning document because of future funding challenges. (Dispatch)

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Police called to Baltimore County school fight; video appears to show female student arrested facedown

Baltimore County police said Wednesday that they’re reviewing a video of an arrest made at Northwest Academy after officers were called to the school Tuesday to help stop an altercation. In a letter sent home to parents, the school wrote, “There was an altercation involving students and our school resource officer requested additional police assistance. School administration is investigating the incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook and Policy.” (Balt. Sun)

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Rally Planned to Urge Harford County Officials to Increase Education Funding

From the Harford County Education Association: A diverse coalition of education advocates will gather on May 9, 2019 to kick off a campaign to urge the elected officials of Harford County to prioritize education in Harford County and increase funding. A rally will take place before the County Council Budget Hearing at 7 pm. Who: Speakers include Chrystie Crawford-Smick, Harford County teacher and Harford County Education Association President; Joe Voskhul, Former Principal of Bel Air High School and President of the Harford County Board of Education; Dr. Stacey Garringer, Association of Public School Administrators and Supervisors of Harford County; and Joshua Oltarzewski, Harford Technical High School Senior (Dagger)

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Newly formed search committee for next Coppin State president to hold public forum Thursday

The search for a new Coppin State University president will begin Thursday as the University System of Maryland chancellor announced a 19-person team tasked with finding Maria Thompson’s replacement. In a news release, the system wrote that Chancellor Robert Caret “will give the Chancellor’s official Charge to the newly appointed search and screening committee for the new president of Coppin State University.” In January, Thompson announced that she would retire as the university’s president, effective July 1. (Balt. Sun)

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USMH opens doors for new physician assistant program

After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Health Sciences Center formally opened Wednesday. Officials and donors cut the ribbon and toured the facility at 24 N. Walnut St. as part of the ceremony. The center will house a master’s degree in physician assistant program offered by Frostburg State University through the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. “I’m super excited to get started, and I just want to thank you guys so much,” said Zach Schreiber, the last person to speak Wednesday. (Herald-Mail)

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Lone fatality in Colorado school shooting was student who charged attackers

When a gunman burst into his high school classroom, Kendrick Castillo did not hesitate. The 18-year-old immediately charged, pinning the attacker to the wall before Castillo was fatally shot protecting classmates, witnesses said. As he charged, so did two other students. One of them, Brendan Bialy, wrestled the gun from the shooter's hand and the students subdued him. A second shooter was captured by an armed security guard. Authorities said these acts of bravery helped minimize the bloodshed from Tuesday's attack, which also wounded eight people. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Will Not Prosecute The Johns Hopkins Students Who Were Arrested

A 37-day student sit-in ended with seven arrests on the Johns Hopkins University campus Wednesday. The school asked the police for help, regaining its administration building after a spokesperson said the ongoing sit-in created safety issues. The protestors reportedly declined the school’s offer for amnesty in exchange for their immediate exit. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore County Board of Education delays vote on boundary study for northeast-area middle schools

The Baltimore County Board of Education on Tuesday voted to postpone an order to start a boundary study for middle schools in the northeastern part of the county, focused on Perry Hall Middle, which is about 250 students overcapacity. “We are in a predicament,” Board Chair Kathleen Causey said. Citing a lack of needed school construction funding, Vice Chair Julie Henn initially proposed on Tuesday night a boundary study for middle schools in the northeastern part of the county to relieve some of the crowding at Perry Hall. (Balt. Sun)

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