Montgomery council backs Leggett on increased borrowing for school construction

After a brief skirmish by budget analysts with opposing views, the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday approved County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposal raise the ceiling on the amount of bonds that can be sold to finance capital improvements. Council staff had raised questions about Leggett’s proposed new six-year capital spending plan, which increases borrowing from $295 million to $324.5 million annually. The centerpiece of the revised capital budget is a major boost in local funding for public school construction, intended to relieve serious overcrowding in the 151,000-student system. (Wash. Post)

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Tutoring Outreach Program benefits city students

Some ambitious high school students are reaching out to make a difference in the community. They spearheaded a new program to mentor elementary school students in the city. (WBALT-TV)

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Hyattsville students seek change to keep arts class together

Boundary restrictions for Northwestern High School’s new Jim Henson Academy of Visual and Performing Arts program might be changed to allow more talent into the school, officials said. Currently, the program only accepts students living within the Hyattsville school’s boundaries, preventing many from nearby Hyattsville Middle School’s arts program from attending Northwestern’s program. (Gazette)

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Frederick High graduate realizes her college dream

Frederick resident Karen Cañas knew she wanted to go to college; she just wasn’t sure how to pay for it. Cañas, 18, got excellent grades at Frederick High School, but as a citizen of El Salvador in the U.S. with an employment authorization card, she was ineligible for federal scholarships. (News-Post)

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Feb. 5 // Obama announces public and private investments for high-speed Internet in schools

Visiting an innovative Prince George’s County middle school where each child has a tablet computer, President Obama spoke Tuesday about his plan to give 20 million more students access to high-speed Internet connections at the nation’s schools and libraries. Obama announced Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission will dedicate $2 billion and that several private companies — including Apple, Verizon, Sprint and Microsoft — have committed $750 million to help bring some of the technological opportunities provided at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md., to schools across the country. (Wash. Post)

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School bus cameras issuing citations for illegal passing

Ten drivers who illegally passed a Montgomery County school bus in January were caught in the act by a new camera system. Since Jan. 2, five cameras on Montgomery County Public Schools buses have issued 10 citations, at $125 each, to drivers who passed a stopped bus while its stop arm was extended with flashing red lights, said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a spokeswoman for county police. The cameras automatically record vehicles that a bus illegally. (Gazette)

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Petition seeks varsity spot for hockey teams

Hockey players in Montgomery County are used to competing against other high schoolers on the ice. The Maryland Student Hockey League they play in even includes several team names familiar to those in Montgomery County Public Schools: Montgomery Blair, Blake, Wootton and Winston Churchill, among others. The roughly 12 teams in the league’s two Montgomery divisions, however, won’t be found under the schools’ list of varsity sports. (Gazette)

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Anne Arundel school board prepares to adopt new policy on concussions

Everything went black. Matthew Costa was ready to return a punt for the Southern High School football team, but before he could react, he was blindsided. “I literally turned around and the guy was in my face,” said the 2012 graduate, who suffered a concussion from that hit three years ago. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will vote on a six-page policy Wednesday that outlines how school personnel should handle injuries like Costa’s. (Capital)

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