MCPS staff diversified by 4 percentage points in four years, falling short of expectations

In 2014, the Montgomery County school board developed a plan to diversify its staff to meet an increasingly heterogeneous student population, but in the four years since, little progress has been made. Fourteen years ago, 80.4 percent of the Montgomery County Public Schools teacher workforce was white and 10 years later, in 2014, 76.7 percent was white. In 2018, 72.7 percent of staff members are white, marking lackluster progress despite a rigorous effort to diversify staff, current school board members said. (Bethesda)

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BOE candidates call for investigation of Chinese Immersion Program

Three candidates seeking election to the Allegany County Board of Education are calling for an investigation into the Allegany County Public School System’s Chinese Immersion Program. One candidate, David Bohn, took it one step further by calling the Chinese teachers employees of the Chinese Administration of Education and Propaganda, a non-existent entity. In addition, Bohn said the program’s source is “a soft power arm of the Chinese Government.” (Times-News)

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Board of regents to be briefed Friday on investigation into University of Maryland football culture

The University System of Maryland’s governing body will be briefed Friday on the results of an investigation into the University of Maryland, College Park’s football culture after the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair and subsequent media reports that the team was ruled by bullying and intimidation. The briefing will be held in closed session during the Board of Regents regularly scheduled meeting in Hagerstown. (Balt. Sun)

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Lincoln Tech to launch culinary institute at Columbia campus this November

Lincoln Tech in Columbia, a vocational school that specializes in post-secondary education, will launch a culinary program in November and a baking and pastry program this spring. Lincoln Culinary Institute, which joins area cooking schools including Stratford University’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in Little Italy and the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute at Anne Arundel County Community College, will include hands-on instruction for preparing international cuisines as well as lessons in food and menu presentation; food storage, handling and safety; and beverage pairings. (Balt. Sun)

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HCC is newest member of local lobbying coalition

Hagerstown Community College is joining the Washington County Community Coalition, which lobbies state officials for the community's interests in Annapolis. The coalition, which started in 2005, has included, depending on the year, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Hagerstown Committee, county government, the city of Hagerstown, Washington County Public Schools, the town of Williamsport, Washington County Free Library, the Visit Hagerstown tourism bureau and Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation, also known as CHIEF. (Herald-Mail)

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First graders at North Bend Elementary in Baltimore get surprise donation of new bicycles from craft beer maker

The first graders at North Bend Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore couldn’t help fidgeting as they sat in a line in the school’s parking lot Wednesday morning. And for good reason. Across from them stood a fleet of 52 new red bicycles and helmets — one for each of them — a surprise donation from the Can’d Aid Foundation, the charity arm of Canarchy, a national craft brewing collective that includes Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Deep Ellum and others. (Balt. Sun)

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Loch Raven High School honors fallen officer with jersey dedication

It was a special night at a Baltimore high school Wednesday night. Hundreds honored fallen Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio during halftime at a Loch Raven High School’s girls’ varsity soccer game, the team that Caprio once played on herself. Caprio was killed in the line of duty while investigating a call for suspicious activity in a Perry Hall neighborhood in May 2018. (WJZ-TV)

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October 17 // Howard County dominates new ranking of top 50 elementary schools in Greater Baltimore

The majority of Greater Baltimore's top public elementary schools are located within Howard County, a new ranking by Niche.com shows. It's not surprising really — the school system's elementary, middle and high schools are consistently named among the best in the area. However, where each of those schools rank in relation to one another does vary significantly from one year to the next.  (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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