Facebook and Md. schools partner to combat bullying

Facebook and Maryland's school systems will pilot an initiative next year that should help make it easier to have offensive or hurtful language on the social media site taken down. The effort to combat cyber bullying was started by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who announced the new initiative, called the Educator Escalation Channel, at a meeting Thursday with school district superintendents. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford teachers urge county council to fully fund education

Harford County Public Schools teachers once again came to the county council meeting to urge council members to fully fund the Harford County Board of Education budget. Roughly 20 teachers came to the meeting and a handful spoke out at the urging of Harford County Education Association leader Ryan Burbey. (Aegis)

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Carroll commissioners keep schools impact fee at zero until June 2016

The fee charged to residential developers to cover new school construction will remain at zero for the next two years. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of keeping the county's schools impact fee at zero from June 2014 to June 2016. In August 2012, the board voted to temporarily lower the county's school capacity impact fee for all new residential development to zero until June 2014. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Prince George’s schools recognized for anti-obesity efforts

At Arrowhead Elementary School in Prince George’s County, teachers and other staff members drink vegetable and fruit smoothies each day. The students at Clinton Grove Elementary School play basketball, jump rope and use Hula-Hoops before and after school. The Prince George’s schools were acknowledged by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, this week for the activities and work they do to fight childhood obesity. (Wash. Post)

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At JHU, a 'confluence' of LGBT outreach efforts

The LGBT community at Johns Hopkins University seems to be getting more organized by the minute. Since the spring, three new efforts to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and community members have launched -- one led by university students, one by university alumni and one by the university itself. "It's the outcome of a lot of work from a lot of people," said Demere Woolway, 30, hired in July to be the first director of the university's new LGBTQ Life program. "There's sort of a confluence of things." (Balt. Sun)

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Calvert schools work on environmental projects for 'green' status

With the help of students, Girl Scouts and volunteers, two schools in Calvert County took an active step in renewing their Green School certifications last week through outdoor projects. This year marks the second year of the Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The day is designed to encourage advocates to take action in their communities through service projects at local schools, according to Sheila Stevens, a green school specialist for Calvert County Public Schools. (Recorder)

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Harford SAT scores continue to show strong gains

Harford County high school college-bound seniors who took the SAT during the 2012-13 school year posted strong gains across the board in the important college entrance examination. Average scores on each part of the three-part test rose from four to six points, according to Harford County Public Schools. (Aegis)

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McDaniel students speed interview for internships, jobs or real-world experience

Students vied for a job, internship or just gained experience with the interview process Thursday, but only got 20 minutes to sell their skills and expertise. McDaniel students majoring or minoring in economics, business administration or accounting had the opportunity to participate in speed interviews with area businesses Thursday at the college. (Carroll Co. Times)

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