MICA awards funding to student startups, launches partnership with makerspace

Three student startups each won $25,000 in seed funding at a Maryland Institute College of Art competition on Thursday. The school's UP/Start Venture Competition aims to provide capital and mentorship to student ventures so they can grow into sustainable businesses. The winning startups, founded by MICA students and recent alumni, competed against five other finalist businesses for funding. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Joe Biden adds Morgan State commencement to speaking circuit

Former Vice President Joe Biden will give the commencement speech at Morgan State University's 141st commencement next month. The commencement for the more than 1,100 graduates is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at Hughes Memorial Stadium on campus in Baltimore, said university spokesman Clinton Coleman. Biden will also receive an honorary doctorate in public service from the university at the commencement. (Examiner)

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Research indicates that black children with black teachers less likely to dropout later

People of color make up 18 percent of the nation's teachers. But new, unpublished research suggests they have an outsized effect on minority students. Black students who have just one black teacher in elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school and consider college, according to the study by researchers including Johns Hopkins University economist Nicholas Papageorge. (Balt. Sun)

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Children's literature festival features events at university, library, schools

Area children are invited to spend time with award-winning authors and illustrators as they talk about their works. The event will be held April 28 at Frostburg State University and several other locations in Allegany County. Speakers include Loren Long, Greg Pizzoli, Mara Rockliff and Jordan Sonnenblick. Through a partnership between the Children’s Literature Centre, Allegany County Public Schools and the Allegany County Public Library System, each speaker will hold a Children’s Hour session at locations around the county. Speakers will make a 45-minute age-specific presentation to share the process of writing and/or illustrating. (Times-News)

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Unique children's musician Barry Louis Polisar bringing satiric style to Mount Airy library

From the start of his career, with the album "I Eat Kids and Other Songs for Rebellious Children," musician Barry Louis Polisar has carved out a niche in children's music with unique songs featuring a wild sense of humor. On Monday, April 24, Polisar will bring his peculiar take on children's songs to the Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County Public Library. Polisar said he never intended to spend his career writing songs for children but fell backward into the career that would lead him to multiple Grammy awards, his own television show and 43 years of concerts, albums, and songs. (Carr. Co. Times)

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April 14 // Dulaney High project bumped in Baltimore County budget plan

Dulaney High School parents told Baltimore County they wanted a new school building for their children, not the $40 million renovation officials proposed. Thursday, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz made clear they'll get neither. Kamenetz released a nearly $2 billion budget proposal for the coming year that includes millions of dollars for other school construction projects, but none for Dulaney. (Balt. Sun)

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Towson University to convert hotel to student housing

Towson University plans to convert an off-campus Marriott hotel it owns into a dorm next year in hopes of easing a shortage of student housing at the growing institution. University President Kim Schatzel announced the hotel conversion project Thursday during her spring address on campus. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners vote to move CCPS, sheriff to former North Carroll High

Despite pushback from the Board of Education the night before, county commissioners voted Thursday to put money aside in fiscal year 2018 to move the Carroll County Public Schools' Central Office and a portion of the sheriff's office to the former North Carroll High School building in Hampstead. The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1, with Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, in opposition, to put $6 million aside in FY18 for the move, and another $6 million in FY19 — that vote passed unanimously — to expand the state's attorney's office and sheriff's office into the Winchester Building in Westminster, current home of CCPS central office. (Carr. Co. Times)

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