NAACP: Search For Coppin State President Lacks Transparency

The president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP says the chair of the search committee for a new Coppin State University president has agreed to meet with him after he complained about the search process. The Baltimore Sun reports that NAACP branch President Kobi Little said the chair agreed to meet with him during the search committee’s first public meeting on Thursday. (WJZ-TV)

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‘Everything’s Going To Be Perfect’ - New Playground Built For Students At Maree G. Farring Elementary And Middle School

Kids in south Baltimore are getting a new place to play. After an arsonist destroyed one of the only remaining playgrounds in the neighborhood, volunteers stepped to the plate for the kids of Brooklyn. The playground was built in a day at Maree G. Farring Elementary School thanks to a grant from Kaboom and the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. (WJZ-TV)

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WCPS Teacher of the Year focuses on student relationships

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a system of order in Joshua Edwards’ classroom. The oversized space at Clear Spring High School often accommodates three to four separate visual art classes simultaneously and to the untrained eye, it can be hard to decipher who belongs where. Students often cross into different areas and grab supplies from wherever they need as Edwards moves between them all, working on his own projects, answering questions and giving instructions when needed. (Herald Mail)

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'Relaxed and a little tired': Westminster Elementary fifth-graders practice yoga to promote mental well-being

Lynn Olexy stood at the front of a school cafeteria Thursday afternoon surrounded by 25 cats and cows — or, at least, 25 students stretching with the cat/cow yoga pose. Olexy, who is the co-owner and operator of Downtown Yoga in Westminster, visited the fifth-graders of Westminster Elementary School during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to lead them through short yoga sessions where they focused on building strong breath and stability. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore Teachers Union Working To Revamp Code Of Conduct To Make Schools Safer For Staff

A task force of teachers and other community leaders wants a stronger Code of Conduct that heightens the consequences for students who assault Baltimore City Public School staff members. Marietta English, the longtime leader of the Baltimore Teachers Union, said the group focused on the schools’ Code of Conduct, which several teachers believe needs to be revamped. (WJZ-TV)

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McDaniel College announces $10 million renovation of student center

McDaniel College unveiled plans Friday afternoon for a $10 million renovation of the Decker College Center in the middle of the Westminster campus. The project aims to modernize the student center by adding a fast-casual restaurant, McDaniel Pub — name aside, it will not serve alcohol — new student spaces, and offices for the Center for Experience and Opportunity and Office of Diversity and Inclusion. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Howard County Board of Education approves design plans for replacement Columbia elementary school

Howard County school officials are on track with moving forward in the process of building a replacement Talbott Springs Elementary School in Columbia. The Board of Education unanimously approved the elementary school’s design plans at its Thursday meeting. The replacement two-story, 86,805-square-foot building will feature an outdoor garden, an outdoor classroom, an early childhood playground, 110 parking spots for cars and 10 school bus parking spots. (Balt. Sun)

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Maura Ford, Mercy High School ‘15, Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Teach and Study Mexican Immigration Policy

Graduating senior Maura Ford has received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant and volunteer in an immigration agency in Mexico.  Ford continues the University’s longstanding track record of producing a large number of Fulbright Scholars, joining the 70 other members of the La Salle community who have held the honor. “By studying and experiencing the Mexican immigration system, I intend to bring insight to the United States on how to develop our immigration system through working in partnership with Mexico,” Ford says. “Upon completing my Fulbright, I hope to apply what I have learned as I assist immigrants and teach English (ESOL) in the United States.” (LaSalle)

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