Baltimore women's college sees record enrollment amid #MeToo movement

Notre Dame of Maryland University, the state's only women's college, accepted its largest ever class of incoming freshman this academic year. The 220-student freshman class size may seem small, especially when compared to other nearby schools like Loyola University Maryland and Morgan State University, which accepted freshman classes of between 1,000 to 2,000 students this year. But it marks a 47 percent increase over last year's incoming class size at the 124-year-old Baltimore institution. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Students, teachers speak out about overcrowded high schools in Howard County

It was packed house Tuesday night as parents and students addressed the Howard County Board of Education about overcrowding in some high schools. They addressed the board on how to relieve the problem. The board is now reviewing several options for next school year, among them: boundary adjustments, open enrollment which offers families the choice of an out-of-district school and temporary school reassignments for freshmen. (WMAR-TV)

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September 11 // Maryland planning new state standardized tests to replace PARCC

Maryland officials are dropping the state’s standardized test — known by parents, teachers and students as simply PARCC — in favor of something shorter and they hope more popular. Maryland is one of just a handful of states still giving the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, once used in dozens of states, but criticized as too time-consuming and too disruptive to the school schedule. It’s also difficult — less than half of Maryland students can pass it. (Balt. Sun)

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Gates Foundation gives $20.5 million to Hopkins Bloomberg teen reproductive health study

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded a $20.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study adolescent and youth sexual health issues. The money will go toward research at The Challenge Initiative, which is run out of the Bloomberg School’s population, family and reproductive health department. The initiative was started in 2016 to look at reproductive health needs in poor communities around the world. The new money will allow researchers to look specifically at young people ages 15 to 24. (Balt. Sun)

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Despite 'really bad' crowding, some parents wary of Howard high school redistricting proposals

Michelle Berry moved to Howard County for the school system’s reputation, even though it would be years before her daughter was enrolled in elementary school. Now, her youngest of three children is a junior at Centennial High School, one of the most crowded of the county’s 12 high schools. Berry, the president of the Centennial High School Parent Teacher Student Association, said overcrowding has been a huge issue. “It’s just getting worse and worse every year,” Berry said, noting that she is speaking on her behalf, not for the PTSA of the Ellicott City school. “And it’s really bad this year.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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Arundel High School welcomes largest freshmen class

Arundel High School welcomed its largest freshman class in history Sept. 4 when 573 ninth grade students entered the Gambrills school. The overall student population is 2,145, with more students enrolling daily. Arundel High’s band welcomed freshman on the patio as they entered the school for the first time. “First freshman attended an assembly where they signed a contract to graduate in 2020,” Principal Gena Davenport said. Students then received their first item of spirit wear, a free T-shirt in AHS colors with 2020 on it and this year’s school slogan: “All In.” (Balt. Sun)

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Jobs for Baltimore’s youth and a second life for its trashed food

Disgusting garbage. That’s how most would view this pile of banana peels, whole tomatoes, rotting watermelon rinds and more steaming away in a pile under the hot sun in Curtis Bay one recent afternoon. But to 19-year-old Anthony Walton, who was standing atop this mini-mountain of food waste, chopping at it with a long-handled tool, it represents something else entirely: Opportunity and redemption – for him and for his community. “They call this black gold,” Walton said, holding up a handful of rich brown gardening compost, the usable product those food scraps are destined to become. (Brew)

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'You can see your efforts': UMBC students work through dreary weekend to clean campus

Beneath gray skies and over a slightly swollen stream, about a dozen University of Maryland, Baltimore County students carried buckets of trash and grabber tools on a rain-soaked boardwalk, collecting litter and clearing invasive species as part of a community stream cleanup. The undergraduates, all up before 9 a.m. on a Saturday, worked through a cold drizzle with the Environmental Task Force, a student group, to help clean UMBC’s Herbert Run Greenway, a 1.4-mile loop on the school’s campus. “You guys are such troopers,” said Elizabeth Eakes, president of the student organization. “Thanks for coming out in the rain.” (Balt. Sun)

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