Bill Cosby's honorary degrees in crosshairs of UMES, other schools

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and two other state universities are recommending the University System of Maryland revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degrees.   The Princess Anne, Maryland-based school, University of Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park are all recommending Cosby's honorary degrees be revoked. This follows the comedian's sexual assault retrial, where he was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on April 26. Cosby received an honorary degree of humane letters from UMES on May 17, 1998, at a commencement ceremony in Salisbury at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, UMES spokesman Bill Robinson said via email. (Daily Times)

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First Amendment comes to life at Long Reach High School

When it came to choosing a topic for his entry in C-SPAN’s national student documentary contest, Long Reach High School sophomore Eli Kuperman thought about showing the ways the Constitution related to his life, settling on a provision that he said allows “me to be me”— freedom of speech. “The First Amendment encompasses a lot of the rights to be your own person,” Eli said. Eli’s entry, focusing on U.S. Supreme Court cases that paved the way for student free speech in schools, was one of 150 honored by the cable television public affairs channel, which received 2,985 middle- and high-school student contest submissions. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford schools superintendent candidate David Ring meets community

David C. Ring Jr. considers three things as “absolutely pertinent” in being a successful school leader — building relationships with all parties within and without a school system, networking within one’s community and visibility. “People need to know who you are ... they want to match a name with a face, they want to hear from you, they want to see you,” Ring said. Ring, one of two finalists for superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, met with representatives of multiple community groups Tuesday afternoon and evening in the Board of Education meeting room in the A.A. Roberty Building, the HCPS headquarters, in Bel Air. (Aegis)

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May 16 // With county and state funding on record, Harford Community College has $50.4M projected budget for FY2019

A $50.4 million operating budget for Harford Community College is projected for fiscal 2019, now that the state’s budget has been approved and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has submitted his proposed county budget for next year. College officials plan to cap a for-credit tuition increase at 2 percent, and a 3 percent pay increase is proposed for full and part-time employees, according to a presentation made to the board of trustees at their May 8 meeting. (Aegis)

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Bowie fifth-grade educator honored as Prince George’s Teacher of the Year

An educator in Prince George’s County lauded for her engaging instruction and efforts to develop the next generation of classroom leaders has been tapped as the county’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Daleisha Myers, who teaches fifth grade at Tulip Grove Elementary in Bowie, has worked more than 13 years at her Maryland school and served on its management team. She is a volunteer, helping out at the school’s fundraisers, reading night, health fair and fall festival. She was nominated by her peers. “I truly believe Mrs. Myers is an ideal Teacher of the Year,” principal Jaime Coffen said. (Wash. Post)

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Naval Academy Sea Trials: 'Become one with the dirt'

Don’t run at each other head first. Do aim for the head, and hit hard — soft hits might not count. These are some of the rules of pugil stick jousting, as told to plebes by prior-enlisted Marines when they got to that station during Sea Trials on Tuesday. The Naval Academy ritual was an intense 14-hour event with 36 stations designed to build team bonds and challenge the freshman students mentally and physically. The event comes at the end of the students’ plebe, or freshman, year. (Capital)

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Elementary School Gets Behind-The-Scenes Tour Of Pimlico Racecourse

Arlington Elementary is so close to the Pimlico Racecourse that Tuesday morning–175 kindergartners walked to the track. Excited and chattering, they fell silent, eyes wide as they stepped up to pet Sharkey, a retired racehorse. “He’s so soft!” remarked one 5-year-old. After petting Sharkey, a boy ran over to a friend and ran his hand through his shiny black buzz cut and said his hair “felt just like the horses.” Such are the sights, sounds, and yes, smells of a behind the scenes tour at Pimlico. (WJZ-CBS)

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Teacher at Baltimore's St. Frances Academy charged with sexual abuse, accused of relationship with student

A 27-year-old teacher at Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy has been arrested after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student, according to police and court records. Ryan Penalver, a history teacher at the Catholic school in the Johnston Square neighborhood since 2012, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, two fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree child abuse and perverted practice, court records show. (Balt. Sun)

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