Police arrest Johns Hopkins University protestors after monthlong sit-in on main administration building

Baltimore Police on Wednesday arrested students who locked down the Johns Hopkins University main administration building as part of an ongoing protest over the creation of a private police force and the university’s contracts with ICE. The Hopkins students have been staging a sit-in in Garland Hall since April 3, and locked down the building May 1, chaining doors shut and forcing the building’s closure. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County school board approves 68 curriculum changes, including 29 new, 17 terminated courses

The Board of Education of Baltimore County on Tuesday approved 68 total curriculum changes for the county’s public schools, including adding 29 new courses, terminating 17 courses and changing the name of 19 courses. Lisa Mack, an elected board member and chair of the board’s curriculum committee, said the changes were “annual” and had been vetted and reviewed by committee. (Balt. Sun)

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Washington County school board approves $2.2M in summer construction projects

Several Washington County Public Schools facilities will get upgrades this summer. The school board unanimously passed a motion Tuesday approving a roof replacement at Boonsboro Elementary School, air handling unit replacements at E. Russell Hicks Middle School and lighting upgrades at Williamsport High School. Work on all three projects will start at the beginning of summer break and be completed before students and staff return to school in the fall. (Herald Mail)

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Damascus High School Principal Resigns After Locker Room Hazing Incident

Damascus High School’s principal is no longer working at the high school, she said in a letter Tuesday. “Effective immediately, I am transitioning out of my role as principal to another position in MCPS,” said Casey Crouse. Crouse said that in order for the high school to move forward, it will require new school leadership. Kevin Yates, a current principal intern at Julius West Middle School, will serve as acting principal, beginning May 13. (WJZ-TV)

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Coach Put On Leave During Probe Of Locker-Room Attack

The junior varsity football coach at a Maryland high school is on leave while authorities investigate allegations that some of his players raped a teammate with a broomstick. Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Derek Turner tells news outlets Damascus High School coach Vincent Colbert was put on leave last month. Four teens are charged as juveniles with rape and attempted rape in the attacks on four others. The suspects and victims have said it was part of a locker-room hazing ritual. (WJZ-TV)

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Superintendent proposes restoring 53 teaching positions with additional state money

Harford County Public Schools’ superintendent is proposing to restore 53 of 153 teaching positions that were to be eliminatedwith the additional $5.6 million in state funding in next year’s budget the school system is set to receive. About half the positions would be at the elementary level and half at the secondary level, primarily at schools with higher levels of poverty. (Aegis)

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Transgender Teens In Schools With Bathroom Restrictions Are At Higher Risk Of Sexual Assault, Study Says

Transgender and gender-nonbinary US teens — those whose sexual identity falls outside the traditional male and female — are at greater risk of sexual assault at schools that deny them access to bathrooms or locker rooms that match their sexual identity, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from 3,673 adolescents in the LGBTQ Teen Study, an anonymous web-based survey of US kids ages 13 to 17. Students who reported being told by teachers or staff that they could not use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their sexual identity at school were classified as having “restrictive access.” (CNN)

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Montgomery Co. passes stricter limits on lead in public school water

Almost a year after water tests showed elevated lead levels in more than a third of Montgomery County public schools, the county council has voted unanimously to dramatically lower the acceptable limits of lead in water in school buildings. Tuesday morning the Montgomery County Council passed a bill that will set stricter water standards than the federal government and the state of Maryland. (WTOP)

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