Major University of Maryland donor asks Hogan, legislative leaders to support Loh

A donor whose name will grace a new $152 million computer science building at the University of Maryland, College Park has joined the chorus decrying the way the state’s Board of Regents handled the aftermath of a football player’s death. In a letter delivered to Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders Monday morning, Brendan Iribe, the co-founder of Oculus VR, urged the leaders to publicly support college President Wallace D. Loh. The president announced he would retire in June after the regents decided to retain football coach DJ Durkin, although the subsequent outrage led Loh to fire him. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland voters face question on education funding on the ballot

After picking through the list of federal, state and local candidates for office, voters in Maryland will find ballot questions to answer in the voting booth. A “Yes” vote on Question 1 would create a so-called “lockbox” for education using revenues from casinos. “The idea being that proceeds from casino gambling go to one of the most popular functions of government there is: the education of the next generation,” said Bruce DePuyt, senior reporter with Maryland Matters. But, it’s a bit more complex than that. The language of the constitutional amendment requires the governor to use casino money to supplement school spending that’s laid out in the state-mandated funding formula, known as the Thornton plan. (WTOP)

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'Don't Just Vote Here' Initiative Hopes To Get Voters Invested In City Schools

Some great things happen inside city schools, but sometimes the community just doesn't know about them. That's why city advocates hope voters get to know their local schools on Election Day. Beale Friedman, 8, knows exactly what he would want others to know about his school. "Everybody learns here and everybody is healthy, and they're working hard to try their best," the third-grader said. These are the sorts of things you may not know if you're just rushing in to cast your ballot at city schools that serve as polling places on Election Day. (WBAL)

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Howard County school system pledges not to trim spring break in 2020

For the 2019-20 academic year, Howard County’s public schools will open the Tuesday after Labor Day and spring break won’t be shortened if bad weather causes unexpected school closings. Under a calendar approved last week by the school board, all 77 schools will open on Sept. 3, 2019, and end June 15, 2020. After weather-related closings forced county schools to trim spring break this year, the Howard County Board of Education has added another possible inclement-weather day to next year’s school calendar. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Update from the Compost Collective: New shed, new goats, new customers

Goats. A new soil shed. New batches of folks helping out. And did we mention – goats! So much keeps happening at the Filbert Street Community Garden in South Baltimore that every once in a while Marvin Hayes just has to pass it along in a flurry of texts, lest he fall too far behind. “We got a new soil shed – it’s where we’ll keep our tools,” Hayes wrote in the most recent communiqué. “And, of course, some of our ‘black gold’ soil enhancer!” Otherwise known as compost. (Brew)

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Noose found in AACo. Middle School bathroom

School officials at Chesapeake Bay Middle School in Anne Arundel County are investigating an incident involving a noose found hanging in their school's bathroom. In a letter sent out to parents and members of their school community, administrators were notified of the noose on Monday afternoon by a student. They say the noose was made out of toilet paper hanging in a stall located in a boys' bathroom. School officials say a staff member quickly removed the noose and Anne Arundel County Police was immediately alerted. (WMAR)

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Harford Community College seeks participants for Future Summit

As part of Harford Community College’s strategic planning efforts, the College will be hosting a Future Summit on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the APGFCU Arena. The Summit—a meeting of legislators, educators, entrepreneurs and other leaders from Harford County and across Maryland—will enable the larger community to provide guidance on the future direction of the College. HCC is working to become the College of the Future, an innovative institution prepared to meet the ever-evolving needs of its students, its staff and the larger community—and your voice is essential to this process. (Aegis)

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November 5 // U-Md.'s campus roiled by leadership upheavals; University Senate condemns board

The University of Maryland continued to be in turmoil Friday after a week of tumultuous actions sparked by the death of a football player. The University Senate held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, and a coalition of student groups plan to hold a protest on Monday. The University Senate — which is made up of faculty members, staffers and student — passed a resolution condemning the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for its recent actions. (Wash. Post)

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