New school boundaries plans for Montgomery’s upcounty region spark lively hearing

Dozens of parents, students and local officials packed a Montgomery County Public Schools hearing to testify on a plan to shift school boundaries for three high school clusters: Northwest, Clarksburg and Seneca Valley high schools. The second round of options under consideration includes the one favored by Superintendent Jack Smith, known as Option 11a. Take a look at those plans under consideration here. Maryland State Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo testified and said that he didn’t have a position on which option should be adopted. (WTOP)

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Howard County Council Approves Rate Hike On Home Builders To Fund School Construction

The Howard County Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass a bill raising the school facilities surcharge rate, which home builders pay to fund school construction. The county said all revenue raised from the surcharge is dedicated to school construction for the Howard County Public School System. (WJZ-TV)

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Marches, letters, emotions: School redistricting plan roils a suburban Maryland county

The battle in the Maryland suburbs started shortly after Howard County announced a school redistricting plan far more ambitious than many had expected. It didn’t just aspire to relieve crowded schools. In a county that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, it aimed for further socioeconomic integration of schools, so that the neediest students were more spread out, easing concentrations of poverty. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings’ papers, photos, stamp collection to go to his alma mater, Howard University

The vestiges of his long legislative career remain in his Capitol Hill office four weeks after his death: dozens of framed photographs and awards on the wall, position papers and letters amassed during 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elijah Cummings’ widow told The Baltimore Sun that the artifacts would soon be bestowed to Howard University, his alma mater. (Balt. Sun)

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HBCU supporters vow to continue fight for higher lawsuit settlement

Supporters of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities have been fighting for more than a decade and are not going away now, they told the governor and lawmakers at a rally outside the state government complex Wednesday. Black lawmakers, HBCU alumni, activists and other supporters rallied in favor of a proposed half-billion-dollar settlement in a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities between Maryland’s historically black colleges and its traditionally white universities. The supporters favor a settlement of $577 million, while Gov. Larry Hogan has offered to settle the case for $200 million over 10 years. (Daily Record)

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University of Maryland officials followed protocols during adenovirus outbreak but failed to coordinate response efforts

An independent review of the University of Maryland’s handling of a fatal adenovirus outbreak in 2018 found that the health problems that cropped up that fall were never elevated to a campus-wide emergency because different departments weren’t coordinating with each other. The review released Wednesday said the university “handled both the adenovirus outbreak and mold issues as departmental emergencies instead of campus-wide emergencies.” Declaring a campus-wide emergency would have alerted all administrators about the issue, allowing for a more timely university response. (Balt. Sun)

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Rep. Elijah Cummings’ papers, photos to be given to Howard University after ‘sensitive’ material is set aside

The markers of his career remain in his Capitol Hill office four weeks after his death: dozens of framed photographs and awards on the wall, position papers and letters amassed during 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elijah Cummings’ widow told The Baltimore Sun that the artifacts are soon to be bestowed to Howard University, his alma mater. They include various documents he authored; photos of himself with anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, pathbreaking boxer Muhammad Ali and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King; office signs bearing his name; and a collection of U.S. postal stamps honoring African American leaders.  (Balt. Sun)

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Worcester Enrollment Projections Raise School Crowding Concerns

When Berlin officials approved plans for the addition of apartments to the Purnell Crossing development, residents were quick to question the impact they would have on local schools. They worried enrollment, which seems to always be on the rise, would increase dramatically between the apartments under construction on Seahawk Road and those planned for Old Ocean City Boulevard. “The world is about to bear down on this part of the Eastern Shore and we’re just not prepared,” Berlin resident Jeff Smith said. (Dispatch)

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