Testing opt-out measure, narrowed from last year, gets hearing in House

Knoxville mom Cindy Rose appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee for the third year in a row Friday to advocate for Ben’s Rule, a measure named for her son. The bill, introduced each year by Delegate David Vogt, would allow some parents to opt children with disabilities out of the state’s standardized tests. (News-Post)

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Bill aims to expand school vision screening

After years of headaches, nausea and double vision, a Howard County middle-schooler thought all the pains and problems he was having in school were normal. The Howard county mom Catherine Carter was desperate. Her son Atticus had 20/20 vision, yet would complain of blurry words and feeling nauseous while reading and writing in school. Finally when Atticus was in fifth grade, the family got some answers. Atticus was diagnosed with binocular vision disorder, basically his eyes are misaligned. Right now, school systems are required by law to test students' visual acuity in each eye. The Carters have been fighting to require more extensive screenings in the state, and a bill in Annapolis would expand the eye test to check for about 14 separate conditions. (WMAR-TV)

 

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Tech Center committee gets parameters, likely to meet in March

With a new Carroll County Career and Technology Center committee set to get to work, Carroll schools staff estimate any approved construction would be done by summer 2021 at the earliest. At the February Board of Education meeting, school board members voted to move forward with the creation of a committee tasked with developing education specifications for the Tech Center. Board members Bob Lord and Virginia Harrison volunteered to sit on the committee. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Study aims to check if other methods can replace animal testing

A team at the Johns Hopkins University aims to determine how useful testing on dogs, mice and other animals is in predicting whether drugs and chemicals are toxic to humans. The research, to be conducted over the next year or so, could accelerate a push to end animal testing already underway for ethical and practical reasons. (Balt. Sun)

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Libraries enter partnership for maker space program

Edtech company Workbench and Maryland’s network of public libraries have partnered to launch an online maker space for libraries throughout the state. Libraries are increasingly becoming hubs for the maker movement — providing virtual and augmented reality tools, programmable robots and drones, computer labs and collaboration spaces for students and adults to create, learn and teach. This partnership uses Workbench’s platform to expand these communities online. (Times-News)

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SIAB and Saint Margaret Parish Donate $8,000 for HCC Student Scholarships

The Society of Italian American Businessmen together with Saint Margaret Parish in Bel Air have donated $8,000 to the Harford Community College Foundation. This gift is designated to support student scholarships for Harford students enrolled in Continuing Education Allied Health programs. Harford Community College students Jamila King, Amy Selig, and Dawn McDowell were recently named as scholarships recipients. (Dagger)

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Silver Spring students score second place in nationwide documentary contest

Students from Eastern Middle and Montgomery Blair High schools in Silver Spring have captured second-place prizes in C-SPAN’s StudentCam documentary competition. The five videos rose to the top out of 2,903 submissions from more than 5,600 students across the nation, a record number for the contest created in 2006. Not only did the students win $1,500, but their documentaries will appear on C-SPAN during April, according to a StudentCam press release. (Bethesda)

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Finksburg teen raises over $11K for service dogs

For Lauren Jenne, giving back to the community is an important part of life. The 15-year-old Westminster High School student bounces back and forth between sports — field hockey and lacrosse — to theater and playing bass in a band, to reaching out to others who need it most through the Children of the American Revolution Maryland chapter. Most recently, those people are United States veterans. (Carr. Co. Times)

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