April 25 // Towson University offers new middle school major

The middle school years are considered some of the most difficult for students and teachers to adjust, but a Towson University based program that is quickly gaining a national reputation, is hoping to change that. Towson has become a training ground for graduates making plans to become teachers. A year ago, the school developed a middle school education major and that's what drew students like Amanda McLemore to campus. "I want to be more supportive. I want to be more than willing to work with my students and make up for the teachers that I had," McLemore said. (WBAL-TV)

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Thornton appoints new Cabinet members

Incoming Baltimore schools superintendent Gregory Thornton is already shaking up the ranks at city school headquarters, naming three key Cabinet heads who will start with him on July 1. The city school board approved in a special meeting Tuesday the appointment of new chiefs of staff, academics and human capital. (Balt. Sun)

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St. Mary's superintendent addresses $7 million deficit

Superintendent Michael Martirano laid out a plan  to address a multimillion-dollar deficit in the budget for the St. Mary’s public schools caused by health care expenses as well as unexpected costs related to the harsh winter and special education services. Costs related to health insurance are projected to be about $6 million over budget. “This has been a real aberration,” the superintendent told the St. Mary’s school board of the projected deficit, which threatens to push the budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, more than $7 million into the red. (Enterprise)

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Arundel community college, Navy to offer Arabic immersion program

Anne Arundel Community College and the U.S. Naval Academy are offering a free summer Arabic immersion program for county students ages 16-25. Students must obtain a teacher’s nomination for the program, which be held for four weeks beginning June 23 at the Naval Academy. Class runs for seven hours each day, and students will receive individualized and group instruction in Arabic language, officials said. The program is open to students in and out of Anne Arundel County, but no housing or transportation is provided. (Balt. Sun)

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Groundbreaking held for new SU academic building

Salisbury University and its supporting community broke ground on the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons on the former site of the historical Caruthers Hall on Thursday. Caruthers Hall had stood on SU’s campus for 60 years, opening in 1955 under Principal E. Pauline Riall’s leadership. Named after one of SU’s founding faculty members,Thomas Jefferson Caruthers, it hasserved as an education department, interim home for the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and housing for Delmarva Public Radio studios through the years. (Daily Times)

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College students to chime in on city issues, projects

The University of Maryland hopes to have a profound, long-lasting impact on the way the city of Frederick does business, said Gerrit Knaap, executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the university. The university has selected the city as its partner to pilot the Action Learning Program, to start this fall. Entire courses will be created based on the city’s needs, Knaap said, and students will be asked to dig deep into big issues and projects the city thinks are worthwhile and come up with new ideas for how city staff can take them on. (News-Post)

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Student suspended for having gun at school asks for expulsion to be reversed

A South River High School senior who was expelled for having a shotgun in his car on school property described the matter Thursday as serious but small and asked to be allowed to return to class. Patrick Bryan Mitchell, 18, received an automatic expulsion from the Edgewater school after the unloaded shotgun was found by South River officials Feb. 7. Mitchell told a school system hearing examiner Thursday that he forgot he had left the gun in the back seat of his vehicle after going hunting the previous night. (Balt. Sun)

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Jones named to board of trustees at CSM

Samuel C. Jones of Dunkirk has been appointed to the College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees. Jones is the division chief of economic programming with the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition to his career of 33 years with the Census Bureau, he is active in his community and in developing youth leaders. (Md. Ind. News)

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