Public charter school lotteries now open

Enrollment lotteries for Frederick County's public charter schools are open until March. Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School and Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School will accept lottery applications through March 3. Carroll Creek serves students age 3 through fifth grade, and Monocacy Valley serves prekindergarten through eighth grade. (News-Post)

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Jan. 21 // Expanded pre-K on O'Malley's agenda

Montgomery County education leaders support expanding access to early childhood education, a push Gov. Martin O’Malley is making in his last term. Expanding pre-kindergarten to about 1,600 more Maryland 4-year-olds is part of the governor’s 2014 legislative agenda, which was released Monday. The administration’s bill seeks to give more Maryland children access to pre-K by raising the threshold for income qualification from 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to 300 percent of the guideline. For a family of four, that is an annual income of $70,650. (Gazette)

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Maryland lacrosse players’ case moves into court

Families of two former Maryland high school lacrosse players have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against school officials alleging that the teens were suspended for having dangerous weapons after an unconstitutional search of their equipment bags turned up two small knives and a lighter. The lawsuit alleges that school officials in Talbot County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, violated the students’ constitutional rights to due process and their protections against unreasonable search and seizure in 2011 when they boarded the team bus to investigate a tip about alcohol and took action against the teenagers for items the students said they used to maintain their lacrosse equipment. (Wash. Post)

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Parade, art museum activities, honor King's legacy

Shelia Burkhalter and her 8-year-old daughter, Sydney, spent Monday afternoon cutting out maps, drawing and writing in matching books titled, "My personal journey." The Burkhalters were participating in a day of activities at the Walters Art Museum to commemorate the life and message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "It's not a day off, but a day on," said Shelia Burkhalter, an associate vice president for student affairs at University of Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Biz Challenge coming to Carroll high schools

Carroll County entrepreneurs have had the opportunity over the past two years to promote their business ideas through the Carroll Biz Challenge. Now local high schoolers will have the same opportunity and the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, along with local entrepreneur Jason Stambaugh and Carroll County Public Schools, will host the Carroll County Public Schools Biz Challenge this spring. (Balt. Sun)

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Aberdeen, Havre de Grace High students lauded for AP test performance

The National Math and Science Initiative presented Aberdeen High School with the organization's School of the Year award Friday for its students' outstanding gains on Advanced Placement test scores during the 2012-13 academic year. Representatives of NMSI and Boeing, the local program sponsor, presented the award to Aberdeen students and faculty at a special morning celebration, also attended by representatives of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Aberdeen Proving Ground. (Balt. Sun)

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Jan. 20 // Some parents, educators are rethinking role of AP

In the past decade, the number of students nationwide who take more than three AP exams a year has doubled, to about 175,000. Designed a half-century ago to give a few thousand elite students a chance to skip introductory college classes, Advanced Placement is now the required portal to college for any ambitious teen. But its widespread acceptance as a national gold standard has altered the nature of high school for students, some critics say. They see an education system that rewards top students who take 10 to 12 AP classes during their high school careers — the equivalent of more than a year of college — but narrows the choice of classes they can take and creates undue stress. (Balt. Sun)

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Contract of Johns Hopkins University president extended five years

Ronald J. Daniels, president of the Johns Hopkins University, has been given a contract extension to lead the school for five more years, according to an announcement posted by the university. According to the announcement, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Daniels' contract. In a statement, board chairman Jeffrey H. Aronson said that the board extended Daniels' contract because he could "build upon our tremendous strengths, and develop a lasting consensus for what Johns Hopkins can, should, and will be in the 21st century." (Balt. Sun)

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