30 adenovirus cases confirmed at University of Maryland; at least eight hospitalized

At least 30 cases of adenovirus had been confirmed at the University of Maryland, College Park as of Wednesday, according to the university. The virus, which led to the death of a freshman in November, has hospitalized at least eight people, according to information from the University Health Center. The university plans to deep-clean frequently touched surfaces in dorms during students’ winter break to combat the spread of the virus, including disinfecting doorknobs, desks, dressers, counters, light switches, faucets and bed frames. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland's chief medical officer Stephen T. Bartlett resigns

The University of Maryland Medical System’s chief medical officer resigned this week, cutting ties with the university he has been associated with for 28 years. Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett was one of the highest paid employees of the state of Maryland, earning $951,000 in 2017, according to the state salary database. He was executive vice president of the medical system, as well as a tenured, endowed professor and director of the transplantation program. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Community College launches 'Investing in a Brilliant Future' funding campaign

As the end of the year approaches, Carroll Community College is launching the public portion of its major gift campaign, with the hope of reaching $8 million to support the school’s mission. The campaign, “Investing in a Brilliant Future,” was announced at the annual Starry Night Gala on Friday, Dec. 7, and already has hit $6.2 million of its goal through the quiet portion of its fundraising, according to a news release from Carroll Community College. This campaign comes “at a critical time in the college’s history,” Steven Wantz, executive director of the Carroll Community College Foundation, said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Maryland commission considers $4.4B increase to school funding, but advocates worry its work is too slow

A state commission debating a recommendation to increase spending in Maryland’s public schools by $4.4 billion annually is running up against a tight deadline: the start of next month’s General Assembly session. Advocates for public school students are pushing the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education to finish its work before lawmakers return Jan. 9. But the commission has yet to arrive at a final price tag for its plan to boost students’ performance — or figure out how to pay for it. (AP/Balt. Sun)

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December 7 // Council votes to keep YouthWorks Program all year

Baltimore City council voted Thursday to make the YouthWorks Program run year round in honor of one of the program's ambassadors. 18-year-old Davonte Friedman and another 18-year-old were shot and killed last Saturday. Last year, Friedman presented a plan to the council saying young people need jobs to keep them off the streets and that would help stop crime. (WMAR-TV)

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Hopkins president: 'Brazenness' of crime means university likely to renew push for campus police force

Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels told members of the Baltimore City Council Thursday that he expects the university to seek authorization from the General Assembly to create its own police force, reviving an effort that failed after community leaders said the school sprang the idea on them. “Although we are thinking about a number of different options, I think the high likelihood is that in a month’s time, we will formally petition the assembly once again to create this force,” Daniels told the council at a public briefing about the university’s plans. (Balt. Sun)

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Amid student angst, Johns Hopkins says it missed 18 complaints of sexual misconduct because of website problem

Johns Hopkins University mistakenly blocked 18 complaints of sexual misconduct filed online from reaching its Title IX office from January 2016 to October of this year, the university said Thursday. A statement from the university’s Office of Institutional Equity, which investigates such complaints, attributed the problem to trouble with its website. The revelation came amid mounting frustration over the university’s response to sexual misconduct complaints. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County school board adopts extended calendars for two Silver Spring schools

Students at two Silver Spring elementary schools will attend nearly year-round classes beginning next year in an effort to reduce the county school district’s achievement gap between students from high and low income households. The Montgomery County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the extended calendar for Roscoe R. Nix and Arcola elementary schools. (Bethesda)

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