UMBC, other defendants seek dismissal of lawsuit over sexual assault investigations

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County called a lawsuit alleging the school, police and prosecutors improperly handle sexual assault investigations “long on outrage and short on concrete facts” in a motion to dismiss filed Monday. The lawsuit, filed in September, contends that UMBC and law enforcement have a pattern of failing to properly investigate and prosecute sexual assault allegations. After it was initially filed, three more women joined the potential class-action suit. (Daily Record)

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Anne Arundel schools to host community conversation in Pasadena about racist incidents

Anne Arundel County school officials seek the community’s help get to the bottom of a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents in the Chesapeake High School cluster. The school district on Thursday will host a community meeting designed to “work toward creating climates free of hate and bigotry,” according to a statement. The meeting will be held at Jacobsville Elementary School in Pasadena. “All Means All: Communities Cultivating Acceptance and Inclusion” will invite students, parents and school staff to talk about hate in the Pasadena community, including incidents at Chesapeake Bay Middle and Chesapeake High schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Furloughed feds flock to job fair at Montgomery Co. schools

They came professionally dressed, some with bulging portfolios, others with the simple color-coded folders provided by Montgomery County schools. And they were all looking for one thing: a job to fill as they wait for the partial government shutdown to end. Furloughed workers from the National Archives, the Justice Department and other federal employers sat Tuesday in a packed Montgomery County Public Schools office in Rockville, waiting for their names to be called for such opportunities as substitute classroom teacher, paraeducator and building maintenance staffer. (WTOP)

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New Program Links Love Of Orioles Baseball With STEM Education

The Baltimore Orioles are focusing on STEM education in Baltimore County. They launched a nationwide partnership to give students from K to 12 access to hands-on science lessons. The goal of this program is to use baseball-themed content to engage students in STEM education. Students at Deer Creek Middle School are getting a hands-on science lesson using Camden Yards soil and turf. “My job is to make sure this sand has all the nutrients it needs to survive,” said Nicole Sherry, Baltimore Orioles’ heads groundskeeper. (WJZ-TV)

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Budget review for next school year begins

The Kirwan Commission, which brings together representatives and lawmakers from across the state to review the findings of the Study of Adequacy of Funding for Education in Maryland, makes recommendations for improving education in Maryland through funding, policies, and resources that will prepare Maryland students “to meet the challenges of a changing global economy, to meet the State’s workforce needs, to be prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce, and to be successful citizens in the 21st century.” (Star Dem.)

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University of Maryland ranks among best schools for LGBT friendliness

University of Maryland, College Park is one of the "friendliest" institutions in the country to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. A new ranking lists the 25 college campuses nationwide that have been judged as being the most inclusive and supportive to LGBTQ youth. The report was conducted by College Consensus, a firm that evaluates colleges based on publisher rankings and thousands of student reviews. UMD was the only Maryland school to make the top 25 list. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Career & Tech Center awarded $44,000 makerspace grant

The Carroll County Career & Technology Center has received a $44,000 grant from the Dart Foundation to build a makerspace. The grant will be used to purchase equipment, including a three-dimensional scanner and printer for plastics, a laser engraver, and a Computer Numeric Control [CNC] router — to cut plastic, wood and ceramics, according to a Carroll County Public Schools release. The makerspace will be used by students at the Tech Center, as well as middle school students, to create projects. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Hopkins receives US News’ top ranking for online nursing program

Johns Hopkins University has the best online nursing program in the country, U.S. News & World Report said in its annual ranking of online programs offered by universities. Other programs in Maryland also received high rankings, including the online degree programs for engineering at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, College Park, and the online Master of Business Administration at College Park. (Daily Record)

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