Community college applicant alleges he was rejected because of religious beliefs

A prospective student at the Community College of Baltimore County sued school officials in federal court this week, claiming he was denied admission to an academic program based on an expression of his religious beliefs. Brandon Jenkins, who is being represented by the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice, says in the lawsuit that when he was interviewed by CCBC officials in the radiation therapy program as part of the application process last spring, he was asked what was most important to him, and he responded "my God." Shortly after, he was denied admission into the radiation therapy program, and he asked the program coordinator for an explanation in an email. (Balt. Sun)

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Gallaudet diversity official's discrimination lawsuit against school dismissed

A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the high-profile discrimination lawsuit of a Gallaudet University official who claimed she was unfairly demoted for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law to referendum. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled April 14 that Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet's former chief diversity officer, had failed to show she had been discriminated against under the D.C. Human Right's Act -- whether for her religion, political beliefs or identity as a straight woman -- or that the university had acted negligently. (Balt. Sun)

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April 21 // Prince George’s school board hires an executive director

Erica Berry has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a law degree and master’s degree in public health, but she says that her heart has always been in education policy. So when the Prince George’s County Board of Education advertised for an executive director who would help it craft and review policy, collaborate with the new schools chief and help develop ways to improve parental involvement in the school system, Berry decided to apply. She figured her own educational background, work experience and passion to improve the educational system would be a perfect fit for the district. (Wash. Post)

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Teachers from two Rockville schools win Golden Apple Awards

Two Catholic schools in Rockville have some of the area’s top teachers, according to the Archdiocese of Washington. In surprise announcements at their schools last week, Jeanne Donatelli of St. Jude Regional Catholic School and Patricia Quinn of St. Raphael School learned that they were selected 2014 Golden Apple Award winners by the archdiocese. (Gazette)

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Anne Arundel County school board delays superintendent selection

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will delay its selection of a new schools superintendent for up to two weeks, said President Teresa Milio Birge. The board had previously scheduled its final selection for Wednesday’s meeting. "We just weren’t able to get everything done in time between our interviews and getting a contract,” Birge said. “We came up with that schedule in October.” A decision could come at the following board meeting, on May 7. Birge said the board could also call a special meeting to make the selection a few days after Wednesday. (Capital)

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North Carroll High in select company as Green Ribbon School

It began with a simple bluebird house Gina Felter built on the North Carroll High School campus in her first year as assistant principal at the school. On April 22, Felter and the rest of the Panther community learned their environmental awareness had been recognized by Department Secretary Arne Duncan as one of only two schools in Maryland to receive the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) Awards. (Balt. Sun)

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A service academy for gaming employees

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is giving table games training a good college try. The casino, which is set to open later this fall, has partnered with the Baltimore City Community College to provide training for table games employees. “For everyone who we would intend to hire, we would over the next three years afford them the opportunity to train for free,” said Alex Dixon, vice president and assistant general manager of Horseshoe Baltimore. (Daily Record)

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Fountaindale second-grade educator named Washington County Teacher of the Year

Every day for the past 12 years, Courtney Leard has loved going to work. It was evident how much Leard’s career means to her Wednesday night as she was moved to tears after being named Washington County Public Schools’ 2014-15 Teacher of the Year before a crowd of about 160 people during an annual recognition dinner at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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