Proposed Baltimore County charter school takes application fight to state officials

A group of Baltimore County parents attempting to open a nature-oriented charter school have hit roadblocks at the county level and are now taking their case to the state school board. The founders of the proposed Watershed Public Charter School say they want to open a school that would provide students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning, creative expression and outdoor experiences. They envision a school in northwest Baltimore County with a sustainable, working farm where children learn about plants and animals and how food is harvested. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County school board OKs details of interim superintendent White's contract for next year

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night on the details of a contract with Verletta White, who will continue as an interim superintendent. White will receive a $273,000 salary for the next year, as well as benefits. She must seek prior board approval to travel and to attend professional conferences, a provision that follows extensive travel by the former superintendent. The contract says she will be able to apply for the permanent, four-year job next year when the board begins its search for a superintendent. If she does not get the job, a provision in the contract allows her to return to the job she held in 2016-17 school year, as chief academic officer. (Balt. Sun)

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Beilenson drops out of Balto. Co. School Board race for Dist. 5; Henn now sole candidate

Peter Beilenson, one of two candidates for the Towson area’s first elected seat in District 5 on the Baltimore County School Board, said Tuesday he is dropping out of the race. The candidate, a former Baltimore City and Howard County health commissioner, said he got a job offer in Sacramento, although he declined to give specifics of his new position. Beilenson said he was sad to leave the school board race behind, but “excited to return to California, where I’m from.” (Balt. Sun0

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Morgan project aims to help diversify architecture, historic preservation fields

Just a handful of monuments that celebrate prominent African-Americans exist in Baltimore, a city so well known for its historic sites that it bears the moniker “The Monumental City.” Dale Green, a professor of architecture and historic preservation at Morgan State University, blames the absence on the lack of African Americans in the architecture and historic preservation fields. “The majority of those monuments [in Baltimore] don’t represent the true history and culture of this city,” Green said, noting the city does not have a monument dedicated to abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who was born in Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Towson school begins fundraising for outdoor space designed for students with special needs

A special education day school in Towson kicked off a public fundraising campaign Monday for an outdoor space specifically designed for its students. The school, the Arrow Center for Education Tangram School, reached more than half its $200,000 funding goal from foundations and donors familiar with the school between July 3 and July 10. The ADA-compliant play space, which will be located at its Towson location at 8830 Orchard Tree Lane, will include a playground, music center and greenhouse aimed to help with “play therapy,” as well as vocational skills. (Balt. Sun)

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July 10 // CCPS Tech Center students bring home medals in national SkillsUSA contest

Nearly two dozen Carroll County Career and Technology Center students brought home medals from the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. A total of 22 students earned medals from the event that was held June 25-29 in Louisville, Kentucky, according to a news release from Carroll County Public Schools. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Taylor Swift fan tries to bring singer to Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Haleigh Preston ran into her mother’s room in a frenzy in January. Taylor Swift was coming to FedEx Field, not that far from their Havre de Grace home, in July, the day before Haleigh’s 12th birthday. Could they go? Her mom, Amber Bodkin, was sympathetic, but it was hard to make a firm plan. Haleigh needed a new liver, and the family didn’t know when she could get one. Haleigh’s doctor at Johns Hopkins Children's Center had put her on the transplant list in December, and now they were waiting. (Balt. Sun)

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Crofton Meadows Elementary student appearing on Weather Channel's Weather Underground

Crofton resident Katarina Strickland beat out hundreds of other children to be one of four winners of the “Land’s End and Weather Channel’s Mini Meteorologist” contest and will appear on the Weather Channel’s ‘Weather Underground’ Thursday. Katarina’s mother, Amanda Strickland, found the contest on social media and encouraged her daughter to compete for an appearance on the Weather Channel. (Capital)

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