Harford County Board of Education District B: Q&A with Runyeon

Voters in District B, which includes Fallston and Joppa, will have three school board candidates to choose from in the June primary election. However, only candidate Laura Runyeon provided responses to The Dagger’s three questions for the candidates. Candidate Greg Johnson was willing to answer the questions, but he missed the deadline for publication. Incumbent school board member Bob Frisch said that he would not answer the questions. (Dagger)

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Committee to make presentation to school board on 'West City' attendance zone

A committee studying how to create an attendance zone for the new “West City” elementary school in Hagerstown will present a preliminary report to the Washington County Board of Education on June 4, according to a school official. The Facilities Enrollment Advisory Committee hasn’t voted on any recommendations, but in recent meetings it has considered several boundary changes to reassign students who live in the Winter Street and Conococheague elementary school attendance zones to create the West City zone. (Herald-Mail)

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Assistant chief is first black woman to head Prince George's fire academy

Assistant Fire Chief Alicia Francis was once told women didn't belong in the fire department. How times have changed. Now the Bowie resident is the first woman director of the Prince George's County EMS/Fire Department Training Academy. I feel proud that women in the fire service are finally being recognized and respected," she said. "We’re able to break those barriers.” (Capital)

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April 23 // State board wants to amend math graduation requirements

The Maryland State Board of Education took steps Tuesday to amend the new requirement that students take four years of math during high school. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring students to take a math class for each year they are in high school, beginning with those entering as freshmen in the fall of 2014. However, a small percentage of students — about 2.5 percent statewide — take five years to graduate. (Balt. Sun)

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April 18 // BGE rewards Towson University for energy efficiencies

Baltimore Gas & Electric CEO Calvin Butler Jr. and U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan joined Towson University officials Thursday afternoon to mark the school's participation in the Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge and present the school a $1.7 million rebate check from BGE for past efficiencies. (Balt. Sun)

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UM to unveil $128M physical sciences complex

After more than a decade of planning and four years of construction, University of Maryland officials are officially unveiling the $128 million Physical Sciences Complex, a state-of-the-art research facility that’s expected to become a hallmark of scientific achievement and progress. (Daily Record)

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Council concerned over BCPS scheduling changes

The Baltimore County Council is the latest group to get involved with the county school system’s plan to standardize class scheduling across the jurisdiction. In a letter signed by all seven council members, they are asking Superintendent S. Dallas Dance to clarify his decision to eliminate the block schedule option for next school year. (WMAR-TV)

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State construction money available for private schools

The state government again next year will offer $3.5 million to private schools to make repairs to facilities. This year, seven private schools in St. Mary’s County received a total of about $63,000 in public funding during the renovation program’s first year. The state also provides money each year — including $6 million this year — for nonpublic schools to use for textbooks and computer hardware and software. Any school eligible for the textbook money can apply for the construction grant money. The textbook money for nonpublic schools was first put in the state budget as a one-time expenditure, but became an annual expense to the state. The construction money could be headed the same direction. (Enterprise/Gazette) 

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