MD Delegate: House Bill 760 could make MD schools safer

There have been over 1,600 mass shootings since the Sandy Hook shooting. Here in Maryland, Delegate Rick Impallaria introduced legislation that would allow certain school employees to carry guns in schools; all in an effort to reduce the chances of a mass shooting situation. There were mixed reviews about the bill. Some say if implemented properly it could indeed save lives. Others say it's just too dangerous. (WMAR-TV)

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Sidney Butcher appointed to Board of Education of Anne Arundel County

Attorney Sidney Butcher will be the newest member of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County. The county School Board Appointment Commission selected Butcher Wednesday night from a pool of four candidates to represent District 32 on the board. Nine members of the 13-member commission voted for him. One member was absent. (Capital)

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Frederick County school board approves budget to send to county

The Frederick County Board of Education will send a budget to the county that has a projected $17.7 million shortfall. The budget projects approximately $588 million in revenue and about $606 million in expenses. The board unanimously approved the budget Wednesday evening, and will send it to the county. The county is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the budget on March 15, and County Executive Jan Gardner is required to release her budget to the County Council by April 15. (News-Post)

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Shore school officials outline legislative priorities

Eastern Shore school leaders met Feb. 9 with the region’s state lawmakers in Annapolis, urging them to support several legislative initiatives. Kelly Griffith, Talbot County’s school superintendent and current president of the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s Educational Consortium, gave the group’s presentation to the Eastern Shore Delegation. Griffith, along with the nine superintendents from the Eastern Shore school districts, requested the support of their six legislative initiatives. (Star-Democrat)

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CCPS donates $25,000 to Imagination Library

Caroline County Public Schools presented a $25,000 check to Caroline County’s Imagination Library, setting up 1,000 county children to get a free, age-appropriate book mailed to their homes every month for a year. The check was presented at the Caroline County Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6. Superintendent Dr. Patricia Saelens said this is the third year the school system’s administrative and instructional staff teams held a fundraising challenge to raise money for the early childhood literacy program. (Star-Democrat)

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North Hagerstown High cell-tower proposal renews safety debate

A top concern raised about a proposed cellular tower on the North Hagerstown High School campus is the potential health hazards, especially in a residential area. Officials with Milestone Communications, which is proposing the 115-foot tower, said telecommunication towers emit "very low" levels of radio-frequency (RF) emissions. They emphasized that the company contracts with an independent third-party that inspects its facilities to ensure they remain well below federal standards. (Herald-Mail)

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High school sticky notes campaign causes a stir

An effort by students at Allegany County’s three high schools to raise awareness concerning the dangers of depression and other mental health issues was met with mixed results by school officials. Several students at Fort Hill, Mountain Ridge and Allegany high schools joined together Monday to unleash a sticky notes campaign. The students placed the notes on all school lockers with messages like: “You are important,” “You are loved” and “You are beautiful,” among other sayings. However, the students distributing the sticky notes were asked to remove them at two of the three area schools. (Times-News)

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Adults, young people partner in Harford to make Valentine's Day cards for sick children

Omicron Chi Zeta Chapter, of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., a local alumnae chapter of an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority, recently teamed with the all-youth nonprofit, the We Cancerve Movement Inc., to make Valentine’s Day cards for area children fighting cancer and other illnesses. The card-making party was held at New Destiny Evangelistic Church in Edgewood a day ahead of World Cancer Day, which was Feb. 4, to raise awareness of the number of people fighting cancer. (Aegis)

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