At UMBC debate turned tribute, Maryland gubernatorial candidates remember Kevin Kamenetz

Just last weekend, Kevin Kamenetz was seen at a big political brunch in Montgomery County, working the room, shaking hands, “Classic Kevin,” said Kathleen Matthews, chair of the state Democratic party. Politics was like “oxygen” for the late Baltimore County executive, said Matthews. “You can’t imagine that stopping.” Matthews spoke Thursday evening at a tribute service held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The event was planned as a debate for the state’s democratic gubernatorial candidates — with nearly 600 attendees expected. But the hosts changed plans when they learned of Kamenetz’s sudden passing Thursday morning, said Meghan Lynch, a UMBC senior and vice president of the College Democrats. (Balt. Sun)

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Students savor second chance to graduate with help from 'Re-Engagement Center'

Omari Hart was supposed to graduate from Milford Mill Academy two years ago. Instead, he dropped out of the Baltimore County high school after his attendance waned and his grades sank. He said family problems had pushed him to move out of his mother’s home, and an injury he suffered after getting hit by a speeding car ended his days of playing football and lacrosse — the parts of high school that had really interested him. But his mindset changed in January, after a weapons charge led to a brief stint in jail. Two days after getting out, Hart said he resolved to re-enroll, earn a high school diploma and “try to become a new man.” (Balt. Sun)

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Plan to fix overcrowded southwest elementaries includes redistricting, officials tell Johnnycake community

A Baltimore County Public Schools official says there is a working strategy in place to address overcrowding at southwestern Baltimore County elementary schools, including Johnnycake Elementary, which is currently over capacity by more than 160 students. The strategy includes the construction of one new elementary school, program changes among a few schools and eventually, a comprehensive redistricting plan. Baltimore County Public Schools Chief Accountability Officer Russell Brown said in a May 7 email that the strategy should result in a surplus of 200 seats around 2024. (Balt. Sun)

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Anniversary of Bowie State student's death observed at UM

Several dozen students, faculty and staff members gathered outside the University of Maryland’s Memorial Chapel in College Park Thursday reflect as the one-year anniversary of Richard Collins III’s on-campus death approaches. Collins, a 23-year-old black Bowie State student who had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, was stabbed to death on May 20, 2017 — just a few hundred yards from where Thursday’s ceremony took place. (Balt. Sun)

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Hopkins professor: Three-year degree programs are not working

A Johns Hopkins University professor gave a failing grade to formal three-year degree programs at colleges and universities as they become a growing alternative for students looking at alleviate the rising cost of college. The programs fail by cramming a traditional four-year program into three years instead of focusing on offering students a real alternative. (Daily Record)

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Carroll school board talks facilities plan, future of East Middle

The future of Westminster’s East Middle School, as well as other aging buildings within Carroll County Public Schools, remains uncertain in a system with aging facilities and a strapped budget. The topic was again part of the discussion Wednesday at the Board of Education meeting, where school board members discussed the Educational Facilities Master Plan for 2018 through 2027. Bill Caine, facility planner for CCPS, said the state requires the school system to update the document annually. With that, comes discussions of updated enrollment numbers, which showed some areas, like the southeastern portion of the county, increasing enrollment to a potentially too high level in 10 years. (Carr. Co. Times)

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WCPS continues trying to recover student data lost in system crash

After losing months of student data when a server crashed almost two weeks ago, Washington County Public Schools is continuing its search to determine where its system failed, resulting in the loss of grades, attendance records and other information. The district lost all fourth marking period grades and portions of other data, such as course records and student schedules for next year, when the server crashed following a minor fire on April 29. Technology staff members are going through the painstaking process of rebuilding system data, but there are many unanswered questions. (Herald-Mail)

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May 10 // An orchestra adopts a city, one kid at a time

From the outside, Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School looks forbidding, a tan monolith built in the 1970s. Some of the rowhouses across the street are boarded up — reminders of the cycles of poverty and abandonment this city has struggled with for years. Inside on an afternoon last month, though, it was a different story. Music echoed through brightly colored halls lined with murals. (NY Times)

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