Washington County Public Schools, state's attorney's office focus on truancy

Washington County has a lower rate of students chronically missing school than the state average, but the numbers are too high, according to school officials. On Friday, Washington County Public Schools officials talked with the Washington County State's Attorney's Office about truancy in the school system. According to the Maryland State Department of Education, a student is considered a habitual truant if he or she was age 5 through 20 during the school year, enrolled in a school for 91 or more days and unlawfully absent more than 20 percent of the time. (Herald-Mail)

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After 'anti-Semitic assault,' Towson U. Jewish fraternity to hold anti-hate rally

In April, two members of Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi told police that while walking near campus, they were followed by two fellow Towson University students who yelled anti-Semitic slurs and then assaulted them. Now, with the start of the new academic year, the fraternity is sponsoring an event to speak out against hate. Police responded to an assault against two members of a Jewish fraternity at Towson University early Sunday morning, who told police their attackers shouted anti-Semitic slurs. (Balt. Sun)

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September 10 // How do Maryland colleges stack up? U.S. News releases 2019 rankings

Maryland is home to some of the top-ranked colleges and universities in the nation, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The annual report, released Monday, shows Maryland with a strong presence in nearly every category. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County was designated as the ninth most innovative university in the country. The state flagship — the University of Maryland, College Park — is the 22nd best national public school. (Balt. Sun)

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Eleven apply for vacant Anne Arundel County school board seat

Eleven people have applied to fill a seat on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education left vacant when District 30 representative Maria Sasso resigned in July. The district includes Annapolis and Edgewater. The term will expire in December 2020. The 13-member School Board Appointment Commission will interview the candidates in the coming weeks, a schools spokeswoman said, but the schedule has not been released yet. The interviews are open to the public. (Capital)

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UMES' new president focused on access, opportunity and quality

Heidi Anderson wants you to join her T.E.A.M. "Together in excellence affirming our mission," that is. Anderson took over the role as University of Maryland Eastern Shore's president on Sept.1. She replaces Juliette Bell, who stepped down July 1. Former Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim was appointed to lead UMES on an interim basis beforehand, according to a news release. (Daily Times)

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Trial set for February in case of MCPS bus driver charged with sexually assaulting four students

The trial of Etienne Kabongo, a former Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver who has been charged with sexually abusing four students between May and July, has been scheduled for Feb. 11. Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Haynos and public defender Theresa Chernosky appeared before an administrative judge Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to schedule the trial. Haynos told the judge the four victims include special needs students, including one who is “limited in their ability to communicate.” (Bethesda)

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FSU touted as ‘very diverse’

Diversity at Frostburg State University was touted as one of its main assets during the State of the University presentation on Thursday. “I think one of FSU’s greatest strengths is the power of our diversity and our sense of community,” said Liz Throop, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Part of the vision statement for the university is to “foster collaboration in a welcoming and inclusive campus culture.” (Times-News)

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Students learning career technology education in Tri-State is more than a trade

A high school education that includes career technology education is turning more students' heads in the Tri-State area. Career technology education in both Washington County in Maryland and Franklin County in Pennsylvania have seen substantial growth in enrollment. Educators are crediting efforts to make offerings both relevant and valuable. (Herald-Mail)

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