Carroll Community College to host Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference

Carroll Community College will host the third annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference this month. The event, which has about 300 participants, will take place 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 29, according to a news release from the college. President James Ball will provide an afternoon keynote address. There will be registration, breakfast, lunch, dinner and poster presentations in the college's Great Hall, according to the release. Spoken presentations will be located in various rooms in the K Building. Vendors and sponsor booth tables will be located in the canteen area of the K Building, according to the release. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Unsafe to play on, North Harford High artificial turf field to be replaced

The North Harford High School artificial turf athletic field, the first field of its type installed among Harford County's 10 public high schools, will be replaced because it has been deemed unsafe to use, according to county officials. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has provided $1.4 million in his proposed $118.9 million capital budget for fiscal 2018 to replace the 10-year-old field at the Pylesville school. "[It's] one of the first schools that had an artificial field, and it needs to be replaced already," Glassman said. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll schools update drug and alcohol policy

Updated school policy will now officially give administrators some discretion regarding involving law enforcement when it comes to substance use on school grounds. The Carroll County Board of Education was briefed on a policy change last week dealing with how issues involving substance abuse are handled. The change in the policy itself really comes from one word, CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said. The regulations are where the meat of the changes are, he added. (Carr. Co. Times)

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April 18 // Lawmakers take steps to limit time spent testing public school students

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation last week designed to limit the time spent on standardized testing in public schools. However, many educators, including Allegany County Superintendent of Schools David Cox, say the measure lacks the specifics needed to address the issue in a comprehensive way. Lawmakers in the House and Senate unanimously passed the More Learning, Less Testing Act of 2017 on the final day of the legislative session. (Times-News)

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Syrian native sheds light on humanitarian crisis in speech at Hood

To find solutions in Syria, don’t compare it to Iraq, said Ibrahim al-Assil, a resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington. Instead, compare it to Bosnia in the 1990s. Al-Assil — a Syrian native who organized peaceful protests in his home country before seeking asylum in the U.S. — spoke on the Syrian humanitarian crisis in a speech Monday night at Hood College. (News-Post)

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April 17 // Board of Education expected to vote on Annapolis redistricting plan

Anne Arundel County Board of Education is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to change school attendance boundaries for nearly 400 students in Annapolis. The plan is broken down to a vote on the elementary school boundaries, another vote to move Mills-Parole Elementary graduates from one middle school to another, and one more for attendance shifts for the 2019-20 school year. The plan aims to reduce crowding in some Annapolis schools, such as Tyler Heights Elementary. The proposal also aims to assign families to schools closest to their homes. (Capital)

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Sojourner-Douglass loses federal appeal, weighs options

Sojourner-Douglass College officials said Friday they are weighing their options after a federal judge ruled in favor of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which revoked the school's accreditation. The school sued the commission in 2015, alleging the organization discriminated against the predominantly black college, but a federal judge later ruled in favor of the commission. This week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling. "I am disappointed with the decision," Charles W. Simmons, former president of the Baltimore-based college, said Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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Advocates lobby for $2.8M more for Wicomico schools

Teachers, principals and parents at Wicomico County schools asked county leaders Thursday night to include a one-time request of $2.8 million for technology and capital improvements to buildings in the county budget for fiscal year 2018. Schools need more laptop carts and some are overcrowded and need portable classrooms, school system advocates said during a public hearing for the proposed $143.6 million county budget. “We can no longer teach like we taught yesterday,” said Amy Eskridge, principal of Mardela Middle and High School, which needs three laptop carts and a portable classroom. (Daily Times)

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