Hopkins study: Baltimore students who commute through crime-ridden neighborhoods more likely to miss school

When a student must walk through crime-ridden streets on their way to school, it’s more likely that student will be absent, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers found that Baltimore students who commute through areas with double the average amount of crime are 6 percent more likely to miss school. Their findings point to yet another way the city’s unabating violence disrupts children’s educations. (Balt. Sun)

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AP test numbers are up in Howard County, but so are participation gaps among minority students

More Howard County high school students took Advanced Placement exams last year than in 2016, but demographic gaps between student groups that participate in the testing have widened. In the past two years, the number of exams taken by Howard students increased by nearly 800, from 10,541 in 2016 to 11,331 exams in 2018, according to data released by the school system Tuesday. However, the gap between the highest participating student group, Asian students, and the lowest participating student group, Black students, widened by nearly 2 percent over that period, from 33.5 percent to 35 percent. (Ho. Co. Times)

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‘Red for Ed’ coming to Maryland?

Educators from around the state are vowing to shut down the state capital next month in an effort to draw attention to their demands for raises and increased education funding. Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, the largest teachers union in the state, linked the March 11 rally to a larger national effort that has involved strikes and job actions across the country. Bost said teachers will seek an increase in pay in Maryland but said there would be no strike. (Daily Record)

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Harford Community College Foundation can help students with financial hardships attend college

The philanthropic arm of Harford Community College helps students who might be facing financial problems — short-term and long-term — be able to go to college, the vice chair of the foundation said. “Philanthropy has become more necessary to the mission of higher education,” Eric McLauchlin told members of the HCC Board of Trustees at their meeting Tuesday night. Most of the Harford Community College Foundation’s assistance to students comes in the form of scholarships, he said. (Aegis)

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Johns Hopkins' latest plan for police force prompts protest from students, faculty, neighbors

Worried about over-policing in Baltimore and across the country, Johns Hopkins University students, faculty members and others on Wednesday protested the school’s efforts to establish its own police force. Students Against Private Police demonstrated days before state lawmakers are to debate the issue — and one year after the group defeated a similar effort during the last legislative session. More than 100 people gathered holding signs stating “Keep guns off campus” and “No private police” amid piles of days-old snow outside the Milton S. Eisenhower library. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland high school students distribute 'passes' granting permission to use racial slur

Students at a suburban Maryland high school distributed “N-word passes” that were intended to grant students who received the pieces of paper “permission” to use the racial slur. The passes were issued by students at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md., during lunch Friday, according to an email that Principal Brandice C. Heckert sent to parents Monday. She denounced the incident as racist and promised to use the episode to foster a conversation about creating a “welcoming and respectful climate for all.” (Wash. Post)

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School board passes $600 million budget on to County Council without requested dyslexia funding

The Frederick County Board of Education passed its $600 million budget on to the County Council with a $19 million shortfall after a motion to add $300,000 to support teacher training and interventions for students with dyslexia failed. Board member Liz Barrett made a motion to add the funding after Frederick County Public Schools parents and advocates requested the added funding over the course of the education budget’s drafting and community input process. (News-Post)

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Sexual misconduct has reached 'crisis' point at U.S. military academies, lawmaker says

Sexual misconduct at the nation’s three military academies has accelerated at an alarming rate and become a “crisis,” a U.S. House chairwoman said Wednesday at a hearing that included testimony from the Naval Academy’s superintendent. “I’m putting the academies on notice,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who chairs a House Armed Services subcommittee. “This isn’t a blip, a ‘Me-Too’ bump or some accident. It’s time for us to recognize that this is a crisis, and I intend to watch it like a hawk.” Vice Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., the Naval Academy superintendent, told the panel that “we must do better" and said the Annapolis academy has embarked on a corrective plan. (Balt. Sun)

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