Frederick County Council to decide whether to fast-track three school construction projects

County Council members will decide next week whether to fast-track three school projects in the county. Frederick County Budget Director Rick Harcum said those three projects involve the design of a yet-to-be-named east-county area elementary school, design of an addition to a middle school, and a feasibility study for a modernization/addition to Brunswick High School. (News-Post)

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Residents call for new school in Westernport

The Allegany County Board of Education received an appeal last week to re-establish public schools in the Westernport area. Thomas Marsh of Westernport and Luke Mayor Ed Clemons spoke during the regular meeting of the school board to ask for a return to “community schools.” Marsh also brought a letter of support for their cause from Tim Jackson, mayor of Westernport. (Times-News)

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FSU seventh on list of affordable computer science online degrees

Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Applied Computer Science has been ranked seventh on GradSchoolHub.com’s current listing of the 10 most affordable online master’s of computer science degrees for 2018. To create a list of the most affordable online programs, GradSchoolHub.com first turned to the NCES College Navigator Database to look for computer science master’s degree online and found 40 programs of this type in the nation. (Times-News)

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Rockville teen charged with threatening mass violence at Walter Johnson High School

A Rockville teen who posted a Snapchat photo of himself carrying an AR-15 rifle with loaded magazines and the words, “school shooter,” has been arrested after making threats against Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Montgomery County police announced Saturday. Luis Amilcar Cabrera, 18, of the 200 block of Congressional Lane, whom police described as a former Walter Johnson student, was arrested Thursday in Towson with the aid of Baltimore County police, according to a press statement from Montgomery County police. (Bethesda)

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Community learns about WCPS Public Service Academy during open house

he community got a peek Wednesday afternoon of a special public school in Washington County that is preparing high school students for careers in law enforcement, homeland security and fire and rescue. Part of Washington County Technical High School, the school system's Public Service Academy held an open house at the school at 701 Frederick St. The academy offers instruction to 11th and 12 graders. (Herald-Mail)

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October 19 // 3 women with UMBC ties join sex-assault lawsuit; 1 alleges she was raped by 4 UMBC basketball players

Three women with ties to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have joined a lawsuit against Baltimore County authorities that alleges systemic indifference to crimes of sexual violence and bias against women. One new plaintiff, a former UMBC student, alleged that she was raped by four UMBC basketball players on campus in 2014, according to the suit. According to the lawsuit, the woman attended a party and woke up the next morning without any memory from the night before after consuming various beverages. Weeks later, she was told that four basketball players had "run a train on her and pass[ed] her around," according to the lawsuit. (Balt. Sun)

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Amid national debate on immigration, Howard school system reaffirms role to educate all students

Howard County’s school board has adopted a new policy reinforcing its commitment to guarantee education for all, regardless of immigration status. The move comes amid a changing climate in the nation over undocumented residents and “removes the fear and anxiety that some of our families are facing today,” said Hector Garcia, CEO of Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, a Columbia nonprofit that helps immigrants. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Carroll school board approves hiring of executive director of school performance, equity and accountability

Carroll County Public Schools has added a position in central office to focus on equity, student success and more. The Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Jason Anderson on Wednesday night, to fill the role of executive director of school performance, equity and accountability. Anderson brings experience from working as a classroom teacher, a teacher specialist for professional development, principal of a gifted and talented magnet school, as well as two Title I schools and as an executive director for curriculum, instruction and innovation. (Carr. Co. Times)

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