Carroll Community College, McDaniel College sign transfer agreement

Officials from Carroll Community College and McDaniel College announced a new articulation agreement Monday making it easier for Carroll students to transfer and complete course work for bachelor’s degrees in elementary education or the secondary education/PreK-12 education minor at McDaniel. This agreement serves as a seamless pathway for students to earn both an associate’s degree from Carroll and a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel who plan to become teachers or administrators in a PreK-12 setting. (Daily Record)

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Maryland delegates pass tougher restrictions on lead in school water fountains amid positive tests

The Maryland House of Delegates on Monday unanimously passed legislation that would toughen restrictions on the amount of lead permitted in the water of school drinking fountains and fund remediation efforts. The bill, sponsored by Del. Jared Solomon, a Montgomery County Democrat, would lower the amount of lead considered acceptable in drinking fountain water to the lowest detectable amount. The bill also establishes a state program to provide grants to local school systems to assist with replacing their pipes and water fountains. The annual fiscal impact of the bill is more than $1.7 million. (Balt. Sun)

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‘STAR’ Program Underway In Anne Arundel County To Help Teens Get Drug Recovery

Locally, Anne Arundel County Schools are partnering with the County Health Department to deliver substance abuse treatment to high schoolers. It’s called, “Star”, will work to screen teens to access recovery, allowing high school students to connect with licensed therapists from the Department of Health via tele-sessions. (WJZ-TV)

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Elementary schools focus on kindness, learning to 'support one another'

The cafeteria at William Winchester Elementary was filled with happy chatter and the smell of paint on a recent Monday as hundreds of “kindness rocks” took shape under the brushes of students. Schools who participate in Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) focused on kindness during the last quarter. William Winchester started “The Great Kindness Challenge,” which included classroom lessons in kindness and other activities designed to address problems with disrespect. It expanded on National Random Acts of Kindness Day, celebrated on Feb. 17. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County officials are stepping up education efforts to reach teens who are vaping

To combat the growing population of teenagers who are vaping or “juuling,” the Howard County Health Department is stepping up its education efforts, mirroring what was done with curbing youth smoking years ago. The county school system and the nonprofit HC DrugFree are ramping up efforts to educate teenagers about the risks and dangers of vaping. The school system says it is actively looking to revamp how substance abuse issues are addressed with students. (Ho. Co. Times)

 

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Lawmakers hear updates from Shore colleges

Eastern Shore college presidents and other representatives from universities on the shore updated the Eastern Shore Delegation on college initiatives, budget decisions and other programs offered at the colleges, during the delegation’s meeting March 15. College presidents from Chesapeake College, Clifford Coppersmith; Salisbury University, Charles Wight; the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Peter Goodwin; and Wor-Wic Community College, Ray Hoy; all were in attendance for the meeting. Chief of Staff Robert Mock represented the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. (Star Democrat)

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HBCUs seeing resurgent appeal amid rising racial tensions

The United States’ 102 historically black colleges and universities have always had a distinctive source of appeal: a chance for students of color to learn and mature without the lingering discrimination and overtly racist history that characterize many institutions of higher learning. But at a political moment marked by racially divisive rhetoric — sometimes accompanied by deadly violence, most recently an avowed racist admitting to killing dozens at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday — some say HBCUs are looking more attractive than ever. (Wash. Post)

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Senators want to cut $1M from Maryland university system office due to 'lack of transparency and accountability'

A Maryland Senate panel wants to cut $1 million from the state university system's top office in the contentious aftermath of a football player's death and a separate case in which the system's chancellor promoted a jewelry company's charm bracelets and then retaliated against his chief of staff for raising an ethics concern. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved the cut Thursday because of "a general sense of a lack of transparency and accountability," said Sen. Bill Ferguson , a member of the panel. (Chicago Tribune)

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