Council wants hearings on school violence

City lawmakers said Monday that they were shocked by newly published reports of school violence and plan to hold hearings to address the hundreds of injury claims filed by teachers. The hundreds of workers' compensation claims provide details of teachers' encounters with students — often as they try to break up fights — and offer a behind-the-scenes look at violence that is rarely documented in school system reports. Shanaysha Sauls, chairwoman of the city school board, said the district has been identifying resources and initiatives that can help create "safe and supportive learning environments," and the board expects that "effective ideas and initiatives are implemented appropriately and at scale." (Balt. Sun)

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Howard schools eye new data warehouse

The Howard County Public School System is investing in a new data warehouse for student information, and school officials think it will garner attention from the business community. Justin Benedict, director of data management for the school system, said he expected anywhere from 20 to 30 businesses to put in a bid for the project after a request for proposal was issued in January. (Patuxent)

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Chevy Chase students send peace cranes to Sochi

Working with the idea from a Japanese legend that says if you make a thousand paper cranes with one wish in mind it will come true, students at Chevy Chase Elementary School made and sent more than 2,000 paper cranes to Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The students’ wish? That there be peace for all Olympic athletes. The idea grew out of an all-school meeting where a student wanted to know about terrorism at the Olympics, said Principal Jody Smith. (Gazette)

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Towson Students To Dance For A Difference In Annual Tigerthon

They’ll be dancing for dollars at Towson University starting Friday night in a 12-hour dance marathon known as Tigerthon. “The purpose is to raise money for sick and injured children at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go there,” said Tigerthon 2014 president Melanie Lutz. (WJZ-TV)

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Bel Air teen makes crisis bears for kids

One John Carroll School senior helps children find comfort during tragic situations by hand making teddy bears to give them. Carley Bynion, 17, of Bel Air, took what started out as her student project and turned it into a labor of love. To graduate, John Carroll School students must complete a senior project, in which they are required to spend 30 hours exploring, challenging themselves and doing something that "makes them uncomfortable." Many students take internships or look into their career goals, but Carley – a craft connoisseur – decided to work on a project to help kids in need. (Balt. Sun)

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Feb. 17 // Maryland students avoid ‘double-testing’

About 25,000 elementary and middle school students in Maryland public schools, who will take the new Common Core exams for a test-drive next month, have been excused by federal officials from also having to take the Maryland School Assessment. This year, Maryland is among 45 states and the District of Columbia that are implementing the Common Core, new academic standards designed to ensure that students across the country have a common set of skills and knowledge at each level from kindergarten through 12th grade. (Wash. Post)

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Coppin making progress on overhaul plan, its president says

Coppin State University's president said Friday that the college has accomplished about half the goals in a plan conceived last year intended to boost its graduation rates and enrollment, strengthen its academic programs and improve the way it operates. President Mortimer H. Neufville said 23 goals on the 50-point plan have been put in place, with the rest expected to be complete by June. The changes include cutting about 35 staff positions, opening up a child care center for Coppin's large nontraditional student population, and starting mandatory "customer service" training for faculty and staff. (Balt. Sun)

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Waivers might spare school districts from making up all snow days

As school boards puzzle through how to make up all of the instructional time lost to snow days, there could be an option more appealing than shrinking spring break or summer vacation — a state waiver. In 2010, the Maryland State Board of Education allowed districts to apply for waivers from the required minimum days they had to provide instruction. Montgomery County was among those that were granted a waiver. (Wash. Post)

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