Sept. 26 // Family income tied to higher SAT scores in Md.

The more money a family in Maryland earns, the more likely their child is to have higher-than-average SAT scores, according to data released by the College Board on Thursday. On average, students living in poverty scored hundreds of points below wealthy students on the national tests used in college admissions, giving them an advantage during the process. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s loses $1.4 million for school construction

The Prince George’s County school system was forced to return $1.4 million in state funds this year after it failed to approve school construction contracts within a two-year deadline. The county lost the funding in May after it failed to sign agreements with contractors to handle upgrades to science classrooms at Potomac and Crossland high schools, according to David Lever, executive director of the Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction, which oversees school projects in the state. Lever said it is unusual for a school system to miss such a deadline and lose funding. (Wash. Post)

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City formalizes $1B school construction plan 

Baltimore’s spending board, the Board of Estimates, on Wednesday approved a memorandum of understanding to formally commence a $1 billion, 10-year school construction and revitalization project. The effort, approved by the General Assembly earlier this year and signed into law May 16 by Gov. Martin O’Malley, will use state lottery funds and a portion of revenue from the city’s yet-to-open casino, as well as the city bottle tax, to help fund the restoration and construction of a host of public schools, many of which are decrepit and nonfunctioning. (Daily Record)

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Landmark city teacher's contract pays off

It was billed as a landmark teacher contract, one that was supposed to pave the way for Baltimore City teachers to earn more money, but has it paid off? A first-year teacher in Baltimore City can earn more than $47,000 a year -- $4,000 more than the state average, but most say it's not all about making money. The teacher contract has currently been in force for almost three years. The union said it's not perfect, but that the school system has made good on at least one promise that of a bigger paycheck. (WBAL-TV)

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MedImmune, UM Baltimore to make drugs together

Drug maker MedImmune and the University of Maryland, Baltimore have entered into a $6 million partnership to conduct bioscience research. Under the five-year agreement, Gaithersburg-based MedImmune and the university will provide funding and scientists to work on joint research they hope will result in quicker development of drugs. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Board of Education open to idea of system-wide advertising plan

The Carroll County Board of Education agreed it would be open to pursuing a system-wide advertising plan in the future, but has not yet decided what that plan may look like. The board went over the report developed by Education Funding Partners during its meeting Wednesday. The report provides Carroll County Public Schools with national and regional corporate sponsorship revenue resources based on available communication and marketing assets in the area. (Carroll Co. Times)

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University of Maryland among top party schools

The University of Maryland makes Playboy magazine's list for Top 10 party schools. The rankings are featured in Playboy’s October 2013 college issue, officials announced Wednesday. This is the eighth time the magazine has published its party school rankings, and the first time West Virginia has taken top honors. (WBAL-TV)

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Dance proposes plan to address Balto. Co. schools overcrowding

A preliminary proposal to address overcrowding in the southwest part of Baltimore County was released after the final of two community stakeholder meetings in the area. The proposal includes a new 700-seat elementary school at the current site of Westowne Elementary, another 700-seat school at the current site of Relay Elementary, a third 700-seat school at the current site of Catonsville Elementary or at the Bloomsbury Community Center site and a 200-seat addition to Westchester Elementary. (Patuxent)

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