UMD dental students teach Baltimore youth the importance of caring for their teeth

Savannah Glanville bent over the lab table at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry holding a needle aloft in one blue-gloved hand. The 12-year-old took a deep breath and prepared to suture a hot dog. Push, nudge, push went Savannah’s hands, as she remembered to guide the needle horizontally through the hot dog instead of jabbing down. (Balt. Sun)

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‘I don’t know if I want to go to school tomorrow’: Week of threats, lockdowns ‘traumatizing’ for students

Huddled in a storage closet at Thomas Edison High School on Thursday, students were quiet. After a few minutes, a school administrator announced over the intercom, “Stay in lockdown mode — turn off lights and lock the doors.” It was not a drill. (Bethesda Beat)

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Washington County Public Schools strives to hire minority teachers

A native of Colombia, Spanish teacher Diana Reyes shares her enthusiasm and love of her language and culture with her students at Williamsport High School. Her excitement is contagious, as her classroom is electric with student participation. “I feel the kids learn a lot from me, and I learn a lot from them,” said 38-year old Reyes, who came to the United States at the age of eight. (Herald-Mail)

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‘It’s Part Of My Being’ | University Of Maryland, College Park Introduces Darryll Pines As Next President

The University of Maryland, College Park, introduced its new president, and he has a long history with Maryland’s flagship campus. Darryll Pines has spent more than 20 years as a Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering. He will take the helm of the University when current President Wallace Loh retires this summer. (WJZ)

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B-CC student organizes fundraiser for injured custodian

An online fundraising page has raised more than $9,000 for a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School custodian who says she was injured on the job and hasn’t received worker’s compensation. The fundraiser, started by a student at the school, says Lilian Flores, a well-liked staff member, was recently walking in a B-CC hallway toward the end of the school day when she slipped and fell. (Bethesda Beat)

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School Construction Spending Package Passes House, 128-6

The House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve a landmark school construction bill, 128-6. The measure, the Built to Learn Act (House Bill 1), is a key priority of the chamber’s new presiding officer, Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), and represented her first big legislative victory since she took the gavel. (Md. Matters)

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‘Brilliant’: Head of search panel talks about U.Md.’s next president

The leader of the search committee that picked the next president of the University of Maryland called him not only brilliant but beloved on the campus. Darryll Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, was appointed on Wednesday to succeed President Wallace Loh, effective July 1. (WTOP)

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Baltimore schools chief will be highest paid in the state

The Baltimore City school board has voted to increase the superintendent’s salary from $298,000 a year to $325,000 a year. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that the pay is believed to be the highest ever earned by a superintendent in the state. Schools chief Sonja Santelises will also make about $20,000 less than the chancellor of New York City’s public schools. There are nearly 1 million children in that city’s school district. Baltimore’s enrollment is about 80,000. (Wash. Post)

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