October 12 // Forum on whether to arm Baltimore City school-based police shows sharp divide

Baltimore remains deeply divided about the best way to keep city students safe in their schools. Some argue that school police officers must be allowed to carry guns in the building in case an armed intruder bursts in with the intent to harm children and their teachers. Others say arming these officers will strengthen the school-to-prison pipeline and create more dangers for the predominantly African-American student population. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County school board outlines guidelines for Purple Line construction near schools

The Maryland Transit Administration won’t have free reign in its construction of the light-rail Purple Line light rail near a pair of Montgomery County public schools. Work on the 16-mile rail line that will stretch from Bethesda to New Carrollton is expected to be complete by 2020, and in February the county school board authorized development of parts of the project at both Silver Spring International Middle School and Sligo Creek Elementary School, which are both located on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Dale Drive. (Bethesda)

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Baltimore panel recommending school board candidates violated Open Meetings Act

A panel considering candidates for Baltimore’s school board violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by not informing the public of its November 2017 meetings, a state board has ruled. Baltimore City Public School Board Community Panel met to discuss the public’s business without notifying citizens, the state’s Open Meetings Compliance Board found in an opinion issued this month. (Balt. Sun)

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In Howard school board race, candidates share common views

A construction manager, a college professor, an education foundation adviser, an engineer, two former Howard County public school teachers, a former chairwoman of the Community Action Council and a former president of the county’s PTA Council County all have one goal in mind: to join the ranks of the Board of Education. The eight candidates in the nonpartisan race are vying for one of four open seats on the school board. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Here are the Maryland colleges with the highest-paid grads

If you graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore or Johns Hopkins University, you probably have a higher salary than your fellow local degree holders. The Baltimore-based institutions produce the highest-earning alumni when compared to any other Maryland college or university, according to a new ranking from the U.S. Department of Education. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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University of Maryland implements hate-bias strategies — and finds more swastikas on campus

The University of Maryland received two more reports of hate- or bias-related incidents on campus in the past week despite recent attempts to stymie such episodes. A swastika and the numbers “1488” — a numerical slogan associated with white supremacy — were found Oct. 5 written in the grout of a bathroom stall wall in an academic building on campus. (Balt. Sun)

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District 2 Town Hall gets residents in round-table discussion about North Carroll's future

Nearly 40 people showed up at the North Carroll branch of the Carroll County Public Library on Wednesday evening, Oct. 10 to talk about the future of the town’s former high school. Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2, hosted the meeting, which featured Jonathan Favorite — a member of the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council — to discuss NextGen911, State Del. Haven Shoemaker, members of the Hampstead Town Council and local residents bouncing ideas off of each other. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Option to consolidate Garrett high schools removed from plan

An option to consolidate Garrett County's two high schools has been removed from the Reforming, Innovating and Strengthening for Excellence Strategic Plan."I am committed to retaining all our community schools," wrote Barbara Baker, superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools, in a letter to citizens. "I cannot stress enough that no decisions have been made. Work continues on research, collaboration and fact-finding for the future of Garrett County schools." (Times-News)

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