1 in 15 borrowers has considered suicide because of student debt, survey says

The $1.6 trillion in U.S. student debt may not pose a direct threat to the economy, but it’s causing anguish that goes far beyond financial concerns for the people who owe it. One in 15 borrowers has considered suicide because of their school loans, according to a survey of 829 people conducted last month by Student Loan Planner, a debt advisory group. (Wash. Post)

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Camp Winfield lets special and general education students enjoy the great outdoors

For about 350 students, the courtyard at Winfield Elementary School transformed into Camp Winfield for a few hours Friday, a place where they could read around the “campfire,” go fishing and hang out in tents. The camp is in its third year, and the activities are designed so that students in special education and general education can all participate. (Carr. Co. Times)

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The science divide: Why do Latino and black students leave STEM majors at higher rates?

Lab classes have always left Shason Briscoe wracked with anxiety. The 21-year-old senior at the University of California at Davis wasn’t concerned about the academic rigor or long hours spent in the classroom — it was the uneasiness he felt when his peers and instructors watched him. Briscoe, who is African American, studies computer engineering at UC Davis, where black students constitute fewer than 3 percent of students in the program. Often, he is the only black student in his classes. (Wash. Post)

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Principal on leave for saying non-citizens would be barred from White House field trip

A Prince George’s County elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave, a school system spokeswoman said Friday, after distributing an unauthorized permission slip that said fourth-grade students who are not citizens would not be allowed to go on a planned field trip to the White House. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore schoolchildren audition for a spot in free School for the Arts classes

She sat alone with her sheet music, silently mouthing the words to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as she twirled a beaded braid. “Number 15!” someone called out. So 10-year-old Zoe McFadden stood and slowly walked to the audition room. She was a little apprehensive, but mostly excited, to be among the 1,000 Baltimore children auditioning throughout this week for a spot in the TWIGS program. (Balt. Sun)

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Johns Hopkins students occupying administrative building call president's letter 'deceptive'

Johns Hopkins University students who are occupying the main administration building on the school’s North Baltimore campus issued a rebuttal Saturday to a letter President Ronald J. Daniels sent a day earlier that the group called “deceptive.” “The false narrative expressed in the email was deliberately crafted to smear our ongoing civil protest,” stated a letter posted Saturday on the Twitter account of @TheGarlandSitIn. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll school board, county commissioners hash out funding questions

At a joint meeting, the Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners went back and forth on funding as deadlines loom. The budget portion of the agenda got the most attention as the state funding picture starts to come clearer. The Board’s request to the county commissioners has changed since the superintendent’s first rough presentation in early January. At that time the school system asked the commissioners for an $8.9 million, or 4.65% percent, increase over the previous year’s funding. Thursday, that request had been whittled down to $1 million. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Tech High students earn SkillsUSA medals, prepare for national competition

After hundreds of hours of work spanning more than three months, Washington County Technical High School juniors Eric Esler and Jude Clark could proudly say they were the top video game developers of their age in the state. The students took home the gold medal in Interactive Application and Video Game Development at the Maryland SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships April 13 for their game "Blade to Blade." Eric and Jude, along with several classmates, will compete at the national conference June 24 through 18 in Louisville, Ky. (Herald-Mail)

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