Baltimore County will lengthen its school day by five minutes

Baltimore County school students will spend five minutes longer in school per day starting in the fall, under an agreement between the teachers union and school administrators. The move comes after Maryland state Superintendent Karen Salmon agreed to exempt the county this year from having to make up eight hours lost to bad weather, on the condition that the county rework the schedule to lengthen the time high schoolers are in class each day. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland's medical school gets $20 million from medical device inventor

Famous local inventor Robert E. Fischell is gifting $20 million to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in support of biomedical research. The gift will be used to establish the Robert E. Fischell Center for Biomedical Innovation at the medical school, and provide funding for a planned new 450,000 square foot research building on the school's Baltimore campus. It will also support research funds and endowed professorships for the new Fischell Center. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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University of Maryland committee recommends rescinding Bill Cosby's honorary degree

Officials with the University of Maryland, College Park’s campus are recommending revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, nearly two weeks after a jury returned a guilty verdict on charges the comedian drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home 14 years ago. The decision was made by the school’s committee on honorary degrees and will be sent to the University System of Maryland office for Board of Regents approval, according to university spokeswoman Katie Lawson. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore hosts job fair for students about to graduate from high school

Hundreds of high school seniors packed the Baltimore War Memorial on Wednesday for a job fair organized to help graduating students transition from classwork to paid work. About 500 students from 35 city schools were expected to attend the four-hour job fair, which featured representatives from 90 employers and training programs. The event comes two months after thousands of city students filed through the same downtown landmark to finalize applications for the summer jobs program YouthWorks. (Balt. Sun)

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Projected loss from Baltimore schools this year: 1,500 students

Amid criticism that a City Schools enrollment task force should have been open to the public and more diverse, two participants fired back Tuesday. "No initial working group includes everyone. . . The intention was for this to be a springboard for further work," said City School CEO Sonja Santelises, speaking at a hearing initiated by City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. Noting that one third of the members of the 22-member group are people of color, Santelises said she has been committed to equity as she leads efforts to address the continuing decline in city school enrollment. (Brew)

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Winston Churchill High leads ranking of Maryland public schools for second year running

Winston Churchill High School in Potomac has clinched the top spot on a ranking of best public high schools in Maryland for the second year in a row. Four of the state’s five best public high schools are in Montgomery County, according to the U.S. News and World Report listing released early Wednesday morning. Poolesville High captured the second spot, followed by Thomas S. Wootton High in Rockville. (Bethesda)

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Frederick County Board of Education cuts budget shortfall in half

As the Board of Education wrestles with a $3.4 million shortfall in its budget, one staff member has practically asked the board to cut her funding. When the Frederick County school board broached the subject of cutting a $500,000 line item for a program for students with dyslexia on Wednesday, it refused, even though Jamie Aliveto, the district’s system accountability and school improvement director, said she had more than enough money in her budget. (News-Post)

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'This place is all about students': Salisbury University's next president discusses goals

For Charles Wight, it's all about the students. The incoming president of Salisbury University was appointed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in April and steps into his new role July 1. He succeeds Janet Dudley-Eshbach, who announced her plan to step down last fall after an 18-year tenure. Wight comes to SU after serving as president of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, for about five years. (Daily Times)   

 

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