Mount Airy students take a virtual trip to Philadelphia

Students at Mt. Airy Middle School visited with staff at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Thursday to discuss the use of medieval armor and weaponry. But they didn't have to travel far to see the museum's medieval exhibits. Instead, seventh-graders gathered in the school library for a virtual field trip with Izzie Fuqua, a distance learning educator with the art museum. (Balt. Sun)

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Dec. 12 // MedImmune, Hopkins to collaborate

The Johns Hopkins University and Gaithersburg-based MedImmune LLC are beginning a five-year, \$6.5 million research collaboration that will focus on identifying potential treatments for several complex diseases, officials announced Wednesday. Both Hopkins and MedImmune — the biologics research and development arm of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca — will contribute funds, employees and materials to the partnership, which will consist of several joint research projects and training programs, officials said. (Daily Record)

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Howard school system retirees angry over health care change

Medicare-eligible retirees in the Howard County Public School System will have a new insurance plan come Jan. 1, but significant concerns have been expressed by some retirees that the plan isn't accepted by their health care providers. For \$6.47 million, the school system is replacing the existing, self-funded Medicare Supplement plans for Medicare-eligible retirees and their eligible dependents with a fully insured Medicare Advantage Plan from United Healthcare. (Patuxent)

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U-Va., William and Mary, and U-Md. ranked high on value in Kiplinger’s list of public colleges

Among public colleges in Virginia and Maryland, three consistently rank in the top 10 in a Kiplinger’s analysis of “best values” in the country: the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Maryland at College Park. A new Kiplinger’s list, published Wednesday, describes U-Va. as the second-best value, behind the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. William and Mary is fourth in the ranking of value for in-state students, and U-Md. seventh. (Wash. Post)

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2 Baltimore-area schools are named state Blue Ribbon winners

Two Baltimore-area schools, Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore County and Linthicum Elementary in Anne Arundel County, were among the six named state Blue Ribbon winners on Wednesday. The designation, which is given by the state Department of Education to the highest-performing schools as well as those with a high percentage of minority and disadvantaged students who beat the odds and perform well, carries significant prestige. The six schools can now apply to become National Blue Ribbon Schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Two Washington-area schools awarded Maryland 2014 Blue Ribbon School honor

The Maryland State Department of Education on Wednesday recognized two Washington-area schools with 2014 Blue Ribbon school awards for exemplary performance. Cashell Elementary School in Montgomery County and Robert Goddard French Immersion School in Prince George’s County were among six schools statewide that were selected for high achievement and significant improvement. (Wash. Post)

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Easton LAX players sue over suspensions

Two former Easton High School students who faced suspension for having a pocketknife and lighter as part of their lacrosse equipment have filed suit against Talbot County Public Schools. Graham Dennis and Casey Edsall allege officials unreasonably searched their equipment bags in April 2011, and that their due process rights were denied because the school system did not make it clear that possession of the items could lead to suspensions. (Daily Record)

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Study recommends replacing two schools with one, redistricting

The Carroll County Board of Education will have to decide if it wants to act upon any of MGT of America’s facility recommendations, which include replacing two elementary schools with one and redistricting. The Board of Education heard a Facilities Utilization Study report by MGT of America during the board meeting Wednesday. The study began in May and cost the school system $88,406. (Carr. Co. Times)

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