In new star rating system, most Howard County schools shine

Nearly half of Howard County’s schools came out with top ratings in the state’s new education rankings, part of a federal accountability system that grades all public schools based on test scores as well as measures such as graduation rates and achievement of English language learners. The Maryland State Department of Education released data for every public school on Tuesday. Schools were rated from a minimum of one star to a maximum of five. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Quarter of MCPS schools receive top rank in new state accountability model

Nearly a quarter of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) received the top ranking in a new state accountability model released Tuesday. The Maryland State Department of Education unveiled a revamped state report card that measures each individual school's success based on factors such as chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, access to a well-rounded education and academic achievement on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. (Bethesda)

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WCPS has 14 five-star schools in new state ratings

Fourteen public schools in Washington County earned top marks in Maryland’s new school ratings, which were publicly released Tuesday. The 2018-19 Maryland Report Cards — which underwent significant changes as a result of the state’s accountability plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act — shows that nine elementary schools in the county earned a 5-star rating. (Herald-Mail)

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Glen Burnie high seniors get glimpse into 911 operator career

A county 911 operator is not the job for everyone – but Glen Burnie High School seniors have the opportunity to try the position on for size thanks to a new course. Part of the school’s Public Service Signature Program and a partnership with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the course is taught by veteran 911 operator Janice Newman, who fielded the county’s emergencies for about 15 years. The school says it’s the first of its kind in the country. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel schools' program celebrates military kids

As commander of Headquarters Command Battalion, Lt. Col. Thomas D. Chapeau is normally concerned with providing the right mix of resources to support garrison operations for the many tenant organizations that call Fort Meade their home base. But on Nov. 13, Chapeau was called on to be part of a regional Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ effort organized by county students. “Patriotic Partners: CRASC Supporting Military Connected Students” is part of a regional student council-led effort to “honor and celebrate military-connected students from across Anne Arundel County high schools and middle schools,” according to a statement by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils. (Capital)

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December 4 // Ravens donate nearly $200,000 for upgrades to heating and AC in Baltimore elementary school

The Ravens announced Monday a donation of nearly $200,000 to Baltimore City Public Schools for upgrades to heating and air-conditioning units at Lakewood Elementary School in East Baltimore. As part of the NFL’s revamped social-justice program, the Ravens have pledged to match player contributions up to $250,000 annually in efforts to support community improvement, social justice and law-enforcement relationships. This is the first such funding distributed from Ravens players’ pledges. (Balt. Sun)

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Naval Academy plans to raise seawall as Annapolis sea level rise looms

The Naval Academy will raise one of its walls to combat sea level rise up to 3 feet in three decades, an environmental threat the institution shares with neighboring downtown Annapolis. At the quarterly Board of Visitors meeting Monday, Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter announced the project, which will raise the Farragut Seawall along the Severn River to ward off water for 75 years. (Capital)

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Garlic holds promise in treating lingering Lyme disease, Johns Hopkins research finds

Oils from garlic and other common herbs and medicinal plants are showing promise in the lab for treating the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and may prove especially useful in treating the those who continue to have symptoms after antibiotic treatment, Johns Hopkins University researchers have found. The findings, still in the early stages, come just after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that tick-borne diseases such as Lyme are on the rise nationwide. (Balt. Sun)

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