Proposals made for solutions at deadly UMd intersection

The intersection of Route 1 and Knox Road in College Park sees a lot of foot traffic throughout the day, and even more so on weekend nights when bars are packed with University of Maryland students.  In 2014, there have been several accidents -- the most recent last Friday night. "Four serious pedestrian traffic accidents -- two of them fatal, all within 10 months -- call for urgent action," Wallace D. Loh, president of the university, wrote in a statement. (WTOP)

Read Full Article

Attorney from Ellicott City seeks school board seat

Sporting a Maryland flag bow tie and carrying a Diane Ravitch paperback under his arm, Mike Smith says education today isn't nearly as rigorous as it should be. "Rigor has been distilled in the school system, it's not as demanding as it could be," said Smith, one of 13 candidates for four open seats on the Howard County Board of Education. "I think we underestimate the ability of our children to learn." Smith, an Ellicott City resident, is an attorney in Towson representing and advising companies in employment and labor law matters. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Seven of nine WCPS high schools ranked in Md. top 40

Seven of the nine public high schools in Washington County were ranked nationally and among the top 40 public schools in Maryland, according to the 2014 Best High Schools list from U.S. News & World Report. Another county high school was also nationally recognized by the publication. (Herald-Mail)

Read Full Article

Teachers union announces recommendations for Howard Board of Ed. race

The Howard County Education Association announced Thursday that it will recommend Bess Altwerger, Dr. Zaneb Beams, Dan Furman, and Cindy Vaillancourt for the Board of Education. Altwerger, Beams, Furman and Vaillancourt are among 13 candidates vying for four open seats on the board. The primary election, where the field will be narrowed to eight, is June 24. Incumbents Brian Meshkin and Frank Aquino are not seeking re-election to the seven-member board, while fellow incumbents Sandra French and Vaillancourt are seeking another term. (Patuxent)

Read Full Article

Mobile unit to educate elementary students on importance of agriculture

A new mobile unit equipped with information to educate youngsters about where their food comes from was unveiled Tuesday morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown. The Washington County Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy Mobile Unit is a trailer redesigned by students at Washington County Technical High School. It brought officials from the bureau, Washington County commissioners and members of the Washington County Board of Education to the event. (Herald-Mail)

Read Full Article

April 22 // UMUC offers discounted tuition to some federal employees

University of Maryland University College is trying a new tactic that could help boost enrollment: offering discounted tuition to out-of-state federal employees and their families. Starting this summer, federal workers — as well as their spouses and legal dependents — will receive a 25 percent discount on tuition for all undergraduate programs and most graduate programs at UMUC, school officials announced Monday. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Pilot program at New Carrollton elementary school teaches teachers to integrate tech

Charles Carroll Middle School students are learning about bodily systems’ internal balance via a theoretical “zombie apocalypse.” To depict the effects of their “zombie apocalypse,” students are collaborating to integrate video, photos, lectures and other materials using their iPads and other mobile devices. The technology isn’t just an add-on to their education, it’s an intrinsic aspect, thanks in part to a pilot program aimed at teaching teachers how to integrate technology into the classroom. (Gazette)

Read Full Article

Hopkins to give honorary degrees to DOMA plaintiff, attorney

Johns Hopkins University will bestow an honorary degree next month on Edith "Edie" Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the federal law banning same-sex marriage. Windsor's attorney in last year's historic U.S. Supreme Court victory, Roberta Kaplan, will also receive an honorary degree at the May 22 commencement ceremony on the university's Homewood campus. The two women, lauded as heroes of the gay rights movement, are two of seven "distinguished achievers" being honored by Hopkins. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article