Anne Arundel school system chief of staff stepping down

Anne Arundel County Public Schools chief of staff George Margolies is leaving the school system to take a similar position in Prince George's County, joining former Anne Arundel Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who left in August to lead Prince George's schools. Margolies said in an email Wednesday addressed to "friends, colleagues and family" that his last day in the Anne Arundel school system will be Nov. 15. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Community College employees to receive $1,500 bonus

Full-time teachers and employees at the Carroll Community College in Westminster will be receiving a $1,500 bonus after college leadership realized a larger-than-expected fund balance. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Thursday to allow the community college to use $450,000 from its Fiscal Year 2013 fund balance to cover the one-time bonuses. Nearly 300 employees will receive the bonus beginning in November. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Former Actor From ‘The Wire’ Launches Anti-Bullying Hip Hop Campaign

A Maryland actor is teaming up with teachers in the fight against bullying. Best known for his role as a low-level drug dealer on HBO’s hit show “The Wire,” actor Tray Chaney has a new gig. He’s penned an original hip-hop song and Music video with an anti-bullying message to reach Maryland students. (WJZ-CBS)

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Towson debate team becomes center of debate

There is a debate raging on the campus of Towson University over a nationally ranked team. Members of the debate team say they have been blocked from participating in an important Harvard University tournament this weekend because of conflicts with their former coach. Ameena Ruffin, 21, a City College graduate and debate team member, said she does not understand the university's decision. Teams that do well at the Harvard competition, she said, have a better chance of garnering an invitation to the national championships. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis High teacher named state's top dance educator

One of the first things that needed changing was the hard floor. Jillian Barber could scarcely believe that she'd been hired to launch Annapolis High School's dance program in a room that clearly was not suited for dance. So she started from the bottom: first the floor, then other equipment and additional mirrors on all four walls. And still only six students showed up to try out for the school's first after-school dance company nine years ago. (Balt. Sun)

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Scholarship funds rise at Universities at Shady Grove

Stories similar to Kyle Hoes’ can be found around the country. The 21-year-old student works a part-time job and took out student loans to help put himself through college. In Hoes’ case, the goal is a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore program at The Universities at Shady Grove center in Rockville, which offers graduate and degree programs from nine Maryland universities. (Gazette)

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No more textbooks - St. Mary's Ryken High School goes digital

St. Mary’s Ryken High School students have ditched their textbooks in exchange for iPads, lightening their backpacks considerably and transforming time in the classroom. “You really don’t unlock the potential of an iPad in the classroom unless everyone has one,” Jason DeLucco, assistant principal for academic technology, said. (Enterprise)

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Annapolis High honors House Speaker Michael Busch

Annapolis High School planned to name its athletic complex in honor of House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch on Thursday night. The school's fields have recently been renovated and the school decided to dedicate the complex in Busch's honor, said Maneka Monk, a school system spokeswoman. (Balt. Sun)

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