At UM commencement, Al Gore urges graduates 'to reclaim the integrity of American democracy'

Speaking to 2018 graduates at the University of Maryland on Sunday, it wasn’t until 19 minutes into a 22-minute speech that former Vice President Al Gore mentioned President Donald Trump’s name. But his address nonetheless marked a commencement ceremony that pushed graduates to fight what both Gore and university President Wallace Loh described as challenges to American democracy. Gore, nowadays best known for his advocacy to fight global warming that earned him a Nobel Prize in 2007, urged the graduates to vote in large numbers in the coming years, suggesting that America’s “experiment” with the Trump administration should, like some scientific ventures, “be terminated early for ethical reasons.” (Balt. Sun)

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Harford superintendent candidates stress planning, preparation, collaboration in school safety protocols

In their interactions with the local community, the two finalists to become Harford County Public Schools’ next superintendent have emphasized the need for extensive preparation, training and collaboration to ensure schools are safe. David Ring Jr., a former president of the Institute of Notre Dame private school in Baltimore and former superintendent of the Delmar School District between Maryland and Delaware, and Sean Bulson, a University of North Carolina System official, former superintendent of schools in Wilson County, N.C. and former Montgomery County Public Schools official, talked about their experiences of preparing their school districts for a mass shooting situation during community forums this week. (Aegis)

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Sean Bulson, Harford superintendent finalist, meets with community

Throughout his 23-year career in education, the partnerships and strong relationships Sean Bulson has developed with community leaders have created multiple successes for students. “Going back through my career, partnership is pretty much the only way I know to do the work,” Bulson said during a community forum at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air Thursday evening. “My philosophy is to draw on the vast array of resources that are in a community.” (Aegis)

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Stedman Graham — educator, entrepreneur and Oprah's beau — delivers commencement at Coppin

Stedman Graham was supposed to spend Saturday with his longtime partner Oprah Winfrey as a a guest at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But instead of sitting in a pew in London’s St. George’s Chapel, Graham stood at a podium in Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex and gave 661 graduates advice for living a fulfilling life. “I’d like to be at the wedding to support Oprah and all that,” Graham told the group. “Don’t tell her, but I’d actually rather be here.” (Balt. Sun)

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Washington County Public Schools students weigh in on data loss situation

In early May, many Washington County Public Schools students began noticing they could no longer log into StudentVUE. Some thought it was a technical glitch, but soon thereafter, they learned what really had happened to the service that allows them to check their grades, assignments and other student data. "It wasn't until a few days after the crash when most students started getting really frustrated," said Chris Mackley, a sophomore at Williamsport High School. "When it became apparent that our fourth marking period interim grades were not going to be recovered, it became a huge area of concern for all the students, and even more for the teachers." (Herald-Mail)

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Blair High principal sends letter alerting parents to new season release of 13 Reasons Why

Montgomery Blair High School's principal, Renay Johnson, is encouraging parents to speak with their children about Friday's Netflix release of the second season of the series 13 Reasons Why. In a letter sent to the Silver Spring school community Thursday, Johnson noted that the show's first season depicted suicide and touched on sensitive topics including date rape, bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, and driving under the influence. (Bethesda)

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May 18 // Schools in Harford are 'instructionally sound' and 'solid,' superintendent finalist David Ring tells The Aegis

David C. Ring Jr., one of two finalists for Harford County Public Schools superintendent, sees local schools as “rather instructionally sound” and “pretty solid.” “Generally speaking, it’s pretty solid as a school district, and I would like to see that continue,” he said while responding to questions from two representatives of The Aegis during Tuesday’s media session of the three-hour superintendent candidate community forum held by the Board of Education. (Aegis)

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C. Milton Wright's Sean Fleming, Moriah Snyder win $5,000 Cesky scholarships

Sean Fleming and Moriah Snyder, both C. Milton Wright High School students, were the male and female recipients Wednesday of the two $5,000 scholarships from the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund. Fleming and Synder were selected for the top awards out of a group of 24 Cesky scholarship winners from each of Harford County’s 12 private and public high schools. A male and female student athlete from each school, all seniors, were named scholarship winners. The other 22 winners each receive $2,000 scholarships. (Aegis)

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