Concerned Citizens Plan Legal Action Against Harford Cuts in School Bus Service and Pay-to-Play Fees

A coalition of concerned citizens plans legal action to halt cuts in school bus service and the implementation of pay-to-play fees in the school year that begins Monday in Harford County Public Schools. The system-wide cutbacks in school bus transportation and the new fees for students to participate in extra-curricular activities were approved by the Harford County Board of Education in June as a budget-balancing move. (Dagger)

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More parents are saving for college, Fidelity reports

According to an annual study released last week by Fidelity Investments, 69 percent of parents of have started to save for college, the highest percentage since the Boston-based mutual fund company began polling families in 2007. Back then, 58 percent of parents saved for college. (Balt. Sun)

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Regs and exemption rates are linked

Parents who seek a certain kind of exemption from mandatory school vaccinations for their children may want to consult a map, particularly on the Delmarva Peninsula. Delaware, Maryland and Virginia all accept waivers on medical and religious grounds. But to get an exemption based on spiritual beliefs in Delaware or Virginia, parents must get the form notarized by a notary public before submitting it to school administrators. There’s no such step in Maryland. (Daily Times)

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With U.S. help, city to be schooled on safety 

The Baltimore City Public Schools system was selected as one of 100 school districts across the country to participate in a White House-led safety initiative, and school officials said they’re excited to be at the forefront of the effort. (Daily Record)

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Salisbury University wins $1M grant from Baltimore foundation for entrepreneurship program

Salisbury University is expanding its entrepreneurship resources with the help of $1 million from a Baltimore foundation. The Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation has committed to giving Salisbury’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business up to $200,000 annually for the next five years to fund grants and loans for entrepreneurs. The university’s loans and grants are available to entrepreneurs across the state and the mid-Atlantic region. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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MICA's new residence hall combines pretty and practical

Teaching students about color and design is nothing new for the Maryland Institute of College of Art. But the school's newest residence hall, set to open this month, provides lessons in creating a space that is not only chic and attractive, but also durable and flexible. (Balt. Sun)

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CMIT Academy in Laurel will be allowed to expand, Pr. George’s school board decides

Two contracts that will allow a charter school based in Laurel to expand its operations have been approved by the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy will be open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2014 school year, under a new agreement with the school system. Fifty students will be in each grade level. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery security teams prep for start of school

Detective Ed Wilcher faced a darkened room, clicking through his presentation on the youth gangs in Montgomery County. His audience Friday at Northwest High School in Germantown was about 20 school security staff from Montgomery County Public Schools, who were there to get an update on some of the groups that will be partly their responsibility when school opens on Monday. (Gazette)

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