Anne Arundel students improve SAT scores

The results are in, and Anne Arundel County Public School students showed marked improvement on SAT exams last school year. While participation was down, student scores improved in critical reading and writing. Scores held steady in math. (Capital)

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Easton Elementary students learn to make mosaics

Every Tuesday afternoon at 4, about 30 Easton Elementary students stay behind to make their school a little more beautiful with school parents Victoria Milholland and Christine Redman. “There really isn’t any sort of beautification budget for the school,” said Milholland, describing how the mosaic class started. She went on to explain that she and Redman had been doing mosaics for a while and wanted to do something to contribute to the school. (Star-Democrat)

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Montgomery drug forum takes multiple angles

An alcohol and drug abuse prevention forum held at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville brought school, police and government officials together to present to parents and others topics including heroin use, drug effects on young brains and parent involvement. However, some parents who attended expressed disappointment they were not part of a larger audience. (Gazette)

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Ravens visit Spring Garden Elementary to promote NFL Play 60

Spring Garden Elementary School students knew they had an assembly Tuesday morning promoting Project ACES (Active Children in School) as part of the NFL's Play 60 campaign. But they had no idea who would be joining them until Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson, safety Michael Huff, and linebacker Jameel McClain ran into the gymnasium high-fiving students as they roared with excitement. Dickson, Huff and McClain were joined by Ravens cheerleaders and the team mascot Poe Tuesday at the Hampstead elementary school to promote the NFL's Play 60 campaign. (Patuxent)

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Washington Co. school board considers upping budget for travel expenses

The amount of money budgeted for travel expenses for members of the Washington County Board of Education might be reviewed to see if it should be increased, according to school system officials. The subject arose after school board spending exceeded the budgeted amount in the 2012-13 fiscal year. (Herald-Mail)

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Booking the libraries: Annual rush for meeting space opens in Anne Arundel

At 4 a.m. Monday, Marion Glasby was the first in line outside the Annapolis Area Library. By the time the branch opened at 9, a small but determined group of people had set up portable camp chairs, reading books or chatting to pass the time. (Capital)

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Oct. 8 // Maryland universities unnecessarily duplicated the programs of black colleges, court rules

A federal judge ruled Monday that Maryland hasn't done enough to help the state's four historically black colleges and universities overcome segregation-era policies that required separate programs for white and black students. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake found that state universities have continued to unnecessarily duplicate the programs of the four historically black institutions, violating the constitutional rights of those students. Plaintiffs had argued that the historically black colleges were hurt because neighboring institutions offered similar programs, siphoning away students. (Balt. Sun)

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High rates of exam failure in Montgomery lead to action plans, school by school

Each of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools has created an action plan to identify and support students who need help in math, as part of an effort designed to boost student success overall and improve grades on final exams. Christopher Garran, associate superintendent for high schools, said that in creating action plans each of the county’s high schools has examined data and specifically “named names” of students who need support. Schools provide assistance in a variety of ways: lunchtime tutoring, after-school help, Saturday school. In some cases, students who excel in math may provide one-on-one sessions with struggling students; mostly, teachers do. (Wash. Post)

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