Christine Fox, former acting deputy defense secretary, talks to Howard Community College students about math

When Christine H. Fox was deciding on her college major, she looked to her passion for the arts, mulling over studying theater, music or literature. Unsure of what path to follow, she turned to her father who set her on her course. Warren Russell Fox encouraged his daughter to major in mathematics. Christine Fox recalled her father saying, “You’re good in math. If you can do the math, you can do anything.” (Ho. Co. Times) 

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Committee announced to search for Maryland President Wallace Loh's successor

The University System of Maryland’s chancellor on Wednesday announced the 20-person committee that will search for the next president of the University of Maryland, College Park. Current President Wallace Loh will remain at the state flagship’s helm through his retirement in June 2020. He was originally set to step down at the end of this year, in what was perhaps the most dramatic fallout from the death of 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair and the subsequent scandal that enveloped the athletic department. The search committee will meet with various groups on the College Park campus and host a town hall May 8. (Balt. Sun)

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Comptroller Concerned About College Cafeteria ‘Sweeteners’ – In Contracts, That Is

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D), right, and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) discuss two dining hall contracts at University System of Maryland campuses during Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines Maryland’s governor and comptroller said Wednesday that they want an explanation from the University System of Maryland about provisions in dining hall contracts that include unrelated gifts to college campuses and require fee payments if contract extensions aren’t approved. (Md. Matters)

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BOE delays $14 million to ABC after Baltimore Brew wrote about contracts

The Board of Estimates abruptly pulled $14.2 million in contracts scheduled to be awarded today to Associated Black Charities and postponed the transaction for at least two weeks. The action followed yesterday’s story in The Brew that the board was poised to approve the ABC contracts, despite the non-profit’s involvement in the Healthy Holly book scandal that has engulfed Mayor Catherine Pugh. A spokesman for Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who serves as acting mayor while Pugh remains on a leave of absence, had defended the board’s planned action, saying the ABC contracts went through “the normal regulatory framework.” (Brew)

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Carroll Community College signs transfer agreement with Shepherd University

Shepherd University and Carroll Community College in Maryland have signed a transfer agreement that will offer students who transfer to Shepherd directly from Carroll a 25 percent tuition discount provided they have earned an associate degree and possess at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA. “This new agreement will add a pathway for Carroll students to complete their degree close to home at Shepherd,” Kristen Lorenz, Shepherd’s director of admissions, is quoted as having said in a news release. “Students will benefit from having advisement from Shepherd counselors during their time at Carroll, to ensure a seamless transition into a bachelor’s program.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Olszewski Wants Lawmakers To Take Up School Construction In Special Session

State lawmakers return to Annapolis a week from today, where the House of Delegates will elect a new House speaker to succeed Michael E. Busch, who died earlier this month. Now, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. wants lawmakers to use that session to take up a $2 billion school construction bill that passed the House but failed to clear the Senate in the session that ended earlier this month. (WBAL-Radio)

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Montgomery politicians, school officials agree on more money for education

In an announcement that was long on promise but short on details, Montgomery County politicians and school officials said Wednesday they had found a way to fully fund the school district’s budget request. Exactly how the $14.4 million difference between what the school system wants and what County Executive Marc Elrich (D) proposed for schools would be bridged was not clear. But less murky was the public statement of commitment from Elrich, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith, and the county council, which has ultimate authority over the $5.7 billion budget for fiscal 2020. About $2.6 billion of that goes to the school system. (Wash. Post)

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Towson University unity rally: 'We have the right to protest against the hatred and bigotry'

Towson University’s counterprotest last week against demonstrators from Pennsylvania spewing “hateful rhetoric” showed what students’ “values were about,” said Mahnoor Ahmed, a staff adviser for the Muslim Student Association. Students “showed up for themselves and for each other,” Ahmed said at Wednesday’s “unity rally” hosted by campus Muslim organizations and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Even groups that were not targeted by the demonstrators came to counterprotest in solidarity, said Ahmed, associate director for student diversity and development at Towson. (Balt. Sun)

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