December 14 // City finalizes plan to make community college free for graduating students

Baltimore City Community College will be free for all graduating high school students next year under a plan announced by Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday. After months of publicly discussing the idea, the mayor, along with officials from Baltimore City Community College, showed off the details of the plan at a press conference Wednesday. All students from Baltimore City public high schools who graduate will be eligible for free tuition, regardless of income or grade-point average. The students must be residents of Baltimore to be eligible. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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University of Maryland, Capital One announce data analytics and machine learning partnership

University of Maryland and Capital One on Tuesday announced a partnership to develop a workforce pipeline in data analytics, machine learning and cybersecurity. Capital One is investing $3 million through an endowment gift to advance machine learning and the two plan to create an innovation lab where students will apply classroom lessons to real-world problems. (Balt. Sun)

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Supporters say school recommended for closure is important hub for West Baltimore neighborhood

In the tall brick building on Gold Street where her daughter attends fifth grade, Kiquana Downer says she has found something like an extended family. If she’s running low on food stamps, the single mother can pick up canned foods and fresh produce from the food pantry at William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore. There’s a closet in the school library where she can find a free winter coat for Heaven, her 10-year-old daughter. She has taken a financial literacy course at the school, at which she learned the importance of building wealth — even if just by saving $5 a month. The school also offers after-school and mental health programs, among other resources. But the future of the school is now in doubt. (Balt. Sun)

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CCPS bus report shows minor increases in miles traveled, bus costs

With the 2016-2017 school year came operating budget increases and more miles traveled, as well as a small uptick in bus accidents and disciplinary referrals, the yearly Carroll County Public Schools Transportation Benchmarks Report showed this week. The report, in addition to a change in leadership, were the bulk of CCPS’s December school board meeting discussion. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Active-duty Army surgeon teaches River Hill students how to 'Stop the Bleed'

Shuffling into health class Tuesday morning at River Hill High School, ninth-graders were asked a question that left many at a standstill: What would you do if you saw someone in need who was severely bleeding? Some students remained silent, while others suggested calling 911 to get the wounded to the nearest hospital for treatment. “If someone is bleeding significantly, they can die before the EMS or any other medical person arrives,” responded Col. Kyle Remick, an active Army trauma surgeon with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center who was a guest in the classroom. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Tech Center Whoville Hairdo competition allows students a chance to think outside the box

Hairspray and glitter floated through the air as students worked to create gravity-defying hairstyles. Some hairdos included bows, others more extreme items like battery-operated light strands, Christmas ornaments or snowmen. And while Carroll County Career and Technology Center cosmetology students got to have fun in recent classes participating in the sixth annual Whoville Hairdo competition, the assignment was about more than some holiday-themed fun before winter break. For many, it was a chance to push outside what students are used to doing, and learn to think outside the box when it comes to cosmetology. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Randallstown ‘Boys In The Good’ learn valuable life lessons

A group of boys from Randallstown Elementary School are learning the skills and tools to become successful men. The group “Boys In The Good” is providing valuable lessons, including how to give, be optimistic, original and determined. “I’ve learned how to tie a tie, and how to be a respectful gentleman,” says 4th grader Wesley Henry. (WJZ-TV)

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December 13 // Johns Hopkins to stop investing in thermal coal over climate change concerns

The Johns Hopkins University plans to stop investing in thermal coal because of concerns over the environmental and public health effects of climate change. Johns Hopkins’ board of trustees voted Friday to direct the university to stop buying stocks and bonds of companies that focus on producing coal for electric power. The university also will sell securities of such companies that it owns in its endowment or in other investments. The university would not release the names of the companies or the market value of the stocks and bonds. “It is fair to say, however, that these investments represent a relatively small portion of the university’s endowment and other investments,” said Johns Hopkins spokesman Dennis O’Shea. (Balt. Sun)

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