October 9 // Transgender students prevail with school policy in Maryland

When James van Kuilenburg used the bathroom at his Maryland high school, he always worried. Would he be taunted by his classmates? Would he be shamed or beaten? Most of the time, he avoided the risk altogether. “You don’t feel safe,” the teenager said, five years after coming out as transgender. But van Kuilenburg and others in Frederick County hope this year marks a turning point across the Maryland system’s 67 schools as a new policy takes hold that is regarded as one of the most progressive in the state. (Wash. Post)

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UMD Baltimore and College Park campuses announce joint ventures

The University of Maryland announced five new joint programs as part of the MPowering the State partnership between the Baltimore and College Park campuses. Last year, the state legislature passed the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016, codifying the strengthening relationship between the two campuses. The university announced Thursday five programs that it hopes will be sustainable through external funding sources. (Daily Record)

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Birge resigns from Board of Education

After nine years serving District 32, Teresa Milio Birge announced her resignation Sunday from the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County, effective immediately. Birge says serving on the board was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, but she needs more time to spend pursuing job opportunities. Until May, Birge was working with the Maryland Independent College and University Association, and says finding a job since then has been difficult. (Capital)

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At Maryland high schools, teaching empathy in a time of controversy

As anger and intolerance dominated the national public discourse over the past year, Arundel High School principal Gina Davenport thought about how her students might respond. Davenport wanted to help the young people communicate in ways that rose above what they were witnessing daily on the news and on social media about the deadly rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., in August and debates about removing monuments to the Confederacy from public squares. By the time the students returned to school last month, she’d come up with an answer: A required course focused on building community and fostering citizenship. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County school calendar proposals find inclement weather days during spring break 2019

Spring break in the Howard County Public School System for the 2018-2019 school year would be determined by the number of used inclement weather days, according to the Academic Calendar Planning Committee’s two calendar proposals, which also close schools for students on two Jewish holidays and open school on President’s Day, Feb. 18, to accommodate the state mandate. (Ho. Co. Times)

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14 Washington County schools on initial list for speed cameras

The initial list of school zones expected to get speed cameras within a few months includes several rural elementary schools. Cascade, Fountain Rock, Greenbrier, Old Forge, Pleasant Valley and Rockland Woods elementary schools are on the list that Sheriff Doug Mullendore shared with Herald-Mail Media. There are 14 schools and 15 cameras on the list for the first cameras, though the contract that county officials approved last week can be for up to 20 cameras. (Herald-Mail)

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Montgomery Blair High School substitute teacher charged with sexually abusing student

A substitute teacher and assistant football coach at Montgomery Blair High School has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old student, police announced Friday. Cory Boatman, 27, was sexually involved with a female student who knew him through his employment at the school, according to Montgomery County police. He’s been charged with sexual abuse of a minor. (Bethesda)

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Cyber Summit teaches kids Internet safety

In a rapidly changing digital world parents are doing whatever it takes to make sure their children don’t fall for phishing scams to reminding them to never reveal personal information online. Some kids are web savvy but others may need a helping hand. That’s why Baltimore Cyber Summit is on a mission to strengthen students’ grades 7- 12 cyber IQ, which these organizers hope will inspire students to pursue careers in technology. (WMAR-TV)

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