Respondents split on response to Kirwan recommendations

Respondents to The Daily Record’s pulse poll are evenly split on what the state should do about the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations. Half, or 24, said the state should seek other sources of revenue aside from new taxes to pay for the recommendations, while 24 said the state shouldn’t implement the recommendations. (Daily Record)

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Hogan: Baltimore City Schools ‘Must Be Held Accountable’ After Schools Without AC Dismiss Early

On just the second day of the school, Baltimore City Public Schools without air-conditioning were closed two hours early. Temperatures were well over 90 degrees Wednesday in Baltimore City. Gov. Hogan posted a statement on Facebook about the incident. “It is outrageous and completely unacceptable that the third-highest funded large school system in America still refuses to put air conditioning in their schools and had to send kids home from 57 hot school buildings. The Baltimore City School System must be held accountable.” (WJZ)

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Georgetown remains highest-ranked local school in U.S. News ranking. Howard, Mason take step back.

Georgetown University is once again the highest-ranked institution of higher learning in Greater Washington, according to the annual U.S. News ranking of best colleges. Meanwhile, Howard University — which saw a big jump last year all the way to No. 89 — dropped 15 spots into a tie at No. 104. George Mason University fell 17 spots in this year's rankings, from No. 136 to a tie at No. 153. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Students at majority-black Meade High 3 times as likely to face arrest in school than the rest of Anne Arundel

When John Yore left for summer vacation after his first year as principal of Meade High School, he knew things had to change. Yore’s no longer in charge at Meade — he’s been moved to Chesapeake High School — but he remembers the final days of that school year fondly. “I was thinking, I have to do a better job,” he said. “We had to really make not just a commitment, but a resolve, to find those students who just weren’t feeling part of their school.” (Balt. Sun)

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Johns Hopkins tops Niche's new 2020 best colleges in Maryland ranking

Johns Hopkins University has been named the No. 1 best college in Maryland, according to a new 2020 ranking by Niche.com. The Baltimore institution tops the state-wide list followed by University of Maryland, College Park and Loyola University Maryland. Pittsburgh-based Niche compiled the ranking as part of its annual "2020 Best Colleges" package, which compares more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. using a number of factors. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Black girls say D.C. school dress codes unfairly target them

For generations, girls have been sent to the principal’s office for violating dress codes: Shorts must reach past fingertips. Shirts can’t be too low-cut. No spaghetti straps. No cleavage. But these rules are often enforced in uneven ways, and black girls are disproportionately targeted, students from the District said in a report last year from the National Women’s Law Center. Now, some of those students are beginning to speak up — organizing walkouts, lunchtime protests and meetings with administrators to call out dress codes they see as unfair. (Wash. Post)

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Federal and Maryland officials warn against use of at-home ‘MeToo’ rape kits targeting local college students

A Brooklyn, New York-based startup company called MeToo Kit is getting lambasted from federal and state officials and anti-sexual assault groups for marketing the first-ever “sexual assault evidence kit for at-home use." Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said his office is “adamantly opposed to the use of these kits" and that it is “highly unlikely” the kits would ever be admissible in court. Maryland’s Attorney General has advised against using it. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Introduces New Funding For Dulaney, Towson High Schools

Baltimore County students begin the school year in some of the second-oldest buildings in the state, next to Baltimore City. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Thursday new funding to get the ball rolling on a new Towson and Dulaney High School. “I’m committed to ensuring every student, every parent, and every teacher in Baltimore County has access to a clean, safe, modern learning environment,” he said. (WJZ)

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