Students gather at Hood to solve world problems

Students crammed into a computer lab at Hood College, filling it almost to the brim. All were speaking rapidly, with a couple students trying to get the group’s attention. They had a task to do. Boko Haram had kidnapped girls from a school in Chad, and as delegates at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on educational and economic opportunities for girls and women, the delegates were tasked with writing a press release in response to the kidnapping. That was a crisis scenario for the high school delegates in one committee at the Model United Nations conference held Saturday at Hood College. (News-Post)

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Urbana takes home top team, student in MathCounts competition

Brass is an alloy made up of 80 percent copper and 20 percent zinc. How many ounces of zinc are in a brass trumpet if it has 48 ounces of copper? Stumped? Ask one of the 120 middle school students sitting in the cafeteria of Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School on Saturday morning. They were there as part of the MathCounts competition, a four-part competition involving algebra, probability, geometry, addition, multiplication and other equations. (News-Post)

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Coppin State University president Maria Thompson stepping down at end of school year

Maria Thompson, the first female president of Baltimore’s Coppin State University, announced Thursday that she will step down from the historically black university at the end of June. Thompson wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff that she would be returning to her native city of Nashville following her recent marriage and a lengthy recovery from a “serious health challenge.” (Balt. Sun)

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Students’ Medical Needs Result In Budget Shortfall

Officials in Wicomico County approved changes to the school system’s operating budget this week to address a $265,000 shortfall in student health services. On Wednesday, the Wicomico County Council approved a request from the Wicomico County Board of Education to transfer $265,000 from “Special Education” and “Other Instructional Costs” to “Student Health Services,” which is projecting a budget deficit in fiscal year 2018-2019. Jesse Reid, comptroller for the board of education, attributed the shortfall to unanticipated needs of three new students. (Dispatch)

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CFG chairman donates $3M to Archdiocese of Baltimore for new school

A $3 million gift from Capital Funding Group owner and board chair Jack Dwyer to the Archdiocese of Baltimore will go toward the construction of the Archdiocese’s first Catholic school in more than 50 years, according to information released Thursday. Dwyer presented the check to Archbishop William E. Lori in the Rectory of the Basilica of the Assumption Nov. 30.  The Archdiocese previously announced the new school will be located in downtown Baltimore and will be named after Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange. (Daily Record)

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Maryland wins $10.6 million federal grant to support preschools

Maryland's Department of Education received a $10.6 million federal grant to help improve preschool programs in the state. The Preschool Development Grant will fund a needs assessment to be conducted by the state, investigating the availability and quality of early childhood programs aimed at children up to age five. The funding will also support the development of a strategic plan to improve preschool programming statewide. Maryland's was awarded among 45 grants recently announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Towson University launches new logo, branding

Remaking yourself in the new year? So is Towson University. At the turn of the year, the nearly 23,000-student school launched a new logo along with a fresh branding strategy. As of this week, the swooping black and gold logo with the school’s full name no longer adorns the university’s website. The brand mark is now condensed to two letters, “TU,” joined like a single strip of folded paper. “We needed something contemporary but also bold and brave,” said Marina Cooper, the university’s marketing and communications vice president. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County charter school expects to open in fall — featuring 10 acres of woods, fields and a stream

A Baltimore County charter school designed to get children outside into an environment of streams, woods and fields is expected to open next fall in Woodlawn, despite initial difficulties in gaining county school board approval. The two founders — both parents with children who would attend the school — visualize students exploring a campus with an orchard, gardens and a chicken coop, as well as natural spaces. The school is part of a nature-based movement in education that places emphasis on the notion that children shouldn’t spend their days on a computer or stuck inside. (Balt. Sun)

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