CCBC gets $1.3 million for STEM initiative

Two grants from the National Science Foundation will provide $1.3 million to the Community College of Baltimore County to support the STEM Core Network initiative in Maryland, CCBC said Tuesday. The STEM Core Network is a nationwide partnership of scientific and technical employers, community colleges, and work for agencies with the goal of expanding the pipeline of students for careers in engineering and computer science. (WMAR)

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Goucher eliminating nine majors, including math

Math majors at Goucher College will soon be a thing of the past. Gone, too, will be physics majors, music majors and students in a range of subjects the school is eliminating from its offerings as part of a cost-cutting “academic revitalization” announced Wednesday. “A small college can’t just keep adding majors,” president Jose Bowen said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun. “Sometimes we need to move resources from one to another and subtract too.” (Balt. Sun)

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Great Mills students headed to Florida to heal with Marjory Stoneman Douglass students

Two schools. Two shootings. One-thousand miles between them. This week, students from Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County are closing the gap between them and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the aftermath of the shooting that left 17 dead and 17 injured at the Florida school on Feb. 14, students rallied together against gun violence sparking the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. and the March for Our Lives: Road to Change tour this summer. (Capital)

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Free eye exams, glasses for kids coming to Baltimore County libraries before school starts

Nonprofit Vision To Learn is spending a day at each of eight Baltimore County libraries this month in an effort to outfit low-income children with glasses for the coming school year. The organization’s mobile eye exam unit will stop at libraries near low-income communities, according to a library press release. Parents can visit their local branch to register their child and set up an appointment. “It’s an amazing opportunity for children to get free eye exams and glasses that will help them learn to read,” said Marisa Conner, head of youth and family engagement for the library system. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford schools replace Edline with new online system for parents to track student progress

Edline, the system parents and guardians have used in recent years to track their children’s academic progress online, has been replaced for the coming year that begins in less than three weeks. Home Access Center is the HCPS replacement for Edline, which is being retired at the end of the calendar year by its vendor, Jillian Lader, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools, explained in an email. (Aegis)

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In first comments as Maryland's interim football coach, Matt Canada stresses priority is player safety

Maryland interim football coach Matt Canada said Wednesday that the Terps are practicing with a dual focus — playing with the memory of Jordan McNair’s death still fresh and raw, as well as preparing for the Sept. 1 season opener against Texas at FedExField. “Our practices have been extremely crisp,” Canada said, estimating that Tuesday’s practice lasted 1 hour, 46 minutes. “The focus of our players’ health and safety is No. 1 and our players are feeling that and understanding that, and that has been our primary focus.” (Balt. Sun)

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Tests indicate high lead levels in water at three Harford schools

Elevated lead levels have been found in water fixtures at two of the Harford County Public Schools buildings tested so far under new state regulations, school system officials said.cAt least one private school building in the county also has tested positive for elevated lead in its water fixtures.cAny water sources within a school that have lead levels of more than 20 parts per billion must be remediated, according to a state law passed in 2017 that went into effect with the publication of testing regulations April 9. (Aegis)

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Howard schools to test for lead in drinking water next month

In September, the Howard County school system will begin testing for lead in school drinking water, eventually taking samples from all 77 schools in the district, as mandated by a new state law. At least 61 Howard schools will be tested during the 2018-2019 academic year that starts Sept. 4, according to Brian Bassett county schools spokesman. “We have not yet sampled for lead under this current law,” Bassett said in an email. “This will start this school year.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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