Howard County school board is poised to approve contentious redistricting plan. Here’s what you need to know.

In a controversial redistricting fight being watched by school leaders across the nation, the Howard County school board now appears poised to approve a plan Thursday for redrawing boundary lines that makes only modest gains in balancing the levels of poverty across its schools. In August, Superintendent Michael Martirano proposed redistributing some 7,400 of the school system’s 58,000 students to different schools, in part to address capacity issues but also to ensure that its schools don’t continue to become more economically segregated — with poor students concentrated in the same schools. (Balt. Sun)

 

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Forest Park High School Culinary Program Giving Students Experience At Local Restaurants

Class is in session for students of Forest Park High School who are part of a culinary program. The program is hosted at a restaurant called The Urban Oyster in Baltimore. Through the program, students get certified in food service management. “I’ve been at the school since 7 o’clock prepping,” Shantae White, a senior at Forest Park High School, said. For White, cooking is more than a passion. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland’s Ellis McKennie found his voice when Jordan McNair died. Now he looks to finish his career strong.

Ellis McKennie spent his first three years at Maryland as a nondescript reserve offensive lineman, redshirting his first season after graduating from McDonogh and serving as a little-used backup the next two. It took the death of Jordan McNair — a fellow offensive lineman who had been more like a little brother since they grew up on the same street in Randallstown — for McKennie to find his voice. (Balt. Sun)

 

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Student from Clemens Crossing Elementary in Columbia wins award for growing massive cabbage

Last spring, Marco Platino, a student at Clemens Crossing Elementary in Columbia, grew a cabbage. This wasn’t any ordinary grocery store cabbage. Marco’s cabbage was massive — so big, in fact, he won an award. In his third grade class, Marco received a small cabbage plant from Bonnie Plants, a vegetable and herbs producing company servicing North America. Since 2002, Bonnie Plants has provided cabbage plants to third graders nationwide through an annual competition. (Balt. Sun)

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Wash. Co. schools increasing safety, security at buildings

The Washington County Public Schools system has around 1,700 cameras, performs at least eight fire drills per building annually and has a security vestibule installed at nearly every facility, according to officials. (Herald-Mail)

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‘We’re here, we’re engaged, we are energetic’: College voters yearn to be part of the quest for the presidency

There’s at least one thing young Democrats and Republicans can agree on: 2016 changed everything. For college-aged liberals, President Trump’s victory motivated them to get involved in the political process so they can vote him out of office, said Kara Kline, president of an organization for Democrats at George Mason University in Virginia. For those on the conservative side, Trump’s win proved they could elect a president who reflects their interests. (Wash. Post)

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UMD offers customizable health care through 3D printing

Dr. Stacy Fisher, a cardiologist with the University of Maryland Medical System, had a patient with an aortic abnormality. He was not getting enough blood flow through one of the vessels that feed the brain. Because of the narrowing, Fisher recommended surgery to move the vessel where it could get better blood flow. The patient, who was in his 40s, was having mini-stroke episodes before his appointments. Though she had shown him his cardiac and neck MRIs, he remained extremely reluctant to have surgery. (Daily Record)

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Howard County School Board Votes On Preliminary Redistricting Plan Monday Night

After a ten-hour workshop, the Howard County School Board voted 5-2 Monday night to move forward with a controversial redistricting plan that would change where thousands of students attend classes. Board members voted in favor of moving forward with the plan in a straw poll ahead of a final vote scheduled for Thursday. The plan to address school overcrowding has drawn significant opposition from some students and parents.  (WJZ-TV)

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