Lawsuit alleges culture of covering up sexual assault complaints in Baltimore County, UMBC

More than a year after Baltimore County officials pledged to reform how sexual assault cases are investigated, a new class-action lawsuit alleges that county prosecutors and detectives continued to cover up complaints. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, was brought by two former University of Maryland, Baltimore County students, who say they were raped in separate incidents that they reported to university and county police. (Balt. Sun)

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Education Foundation for Balto. Co. launches apprenticeship program

Jack Bonner graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2017 with a computer science degree. He tried a couple of jobs – working for a moving company and then selling life insurance – but none stuck. “Nothing really gripped me,” said Bonner, 23, of Towson. “I wanted to go back to [doing something related to] my degree – that’s what I’d worked so hard to obtain. I really enjoy it.” About six months ago, he got his chance: he became a registered apprentice for Towson marketing company Zest Social Media Solutions, learning web development skills from experienced mentors while getting paid. (Towson)

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PARCC results show a continuing achievement gap in Frederick County

The performance of African-American and Hispanic students in Frederick County Public Schools continues to fall behind white and Asian student performance on the PARCC test, the results of which were released in August. More students of all races countywide in elementary, middle and high school are receiving Level 1 scores, which indicate the student has not met grade-level expectations — with the exceptions of seventh-grade English and seventh-grade math. To be college- and career-ready, the state expects students to achieve Level 4 or 5. (News-Post)

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University of Maryland chancellor says regents still have confidence in Loh

University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret said he continues to have faith in the leadership of its flagship campus despite questions raised after the death of a football player this summer. Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old football player from Randallstown, died June 13, two weeks after suffering from heatstroke during a football practice in College Park. (Balt. Sun)

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Incarcerated parents can earn GED at detention center

Incarcerated parents can now earn their GED diploma while serving their sentence at the Allegany County Detention Center. The Maryland Governor’s Office for Children, on behalf of the Children’s Cabinet, awarded Allegany County a $116,599 grant through the county’s Local Management Board as a way to lessen the impact of incarceration on children and families. (Times-News)

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UMBC students demand campus accountability in tense meeting with president after sexual assault lawsuit

Students gathered Monday on the UMBC campus to share their experiences with sexual violence and demand accountability from the administration after an explosive class-action lawsuit alleging a culture of covering up abuse. With a steady drizzle coming down, the protest seemed close to wrapping up when 21-year-old Milan Brown made her way to the front of the group. “If y’all want to storm the administration building, follow us,” she yelled out. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioner on schools redistricting report: 'We’re not going to fund the replacement of East Middle'

The long-anticipated release of the Redistricting and School Closure Committee’s report, which included five possible planning options, left Carroll’s Board of Commissioners — the primary funding agent for Carroll County Public Schools — expressing dismay and anger. “The redistricting and closure committee turned out to be neither,” Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, who also sits on the school board as a nonvoting ex-officio member, said during the Thursday, Sept. 13, commissioners meeting. (Carr. Co. Times)

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The Shepherd’s Staff’s back-to-school program served nearly 1,300 Carroll students

The Shepherd’s Staff’s back-to-school program started 25 years ago with the hopes of providing local children in need with school supplies. This year their program served nearly 1,300 children in Carroll County and provided them with new school supplies, backpacks, clothing, shoe vouchers, haircuts, and new books. For many students, these items gave them a fresh start to the school year. (Carr. Co. Times)

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