Students at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown navigated work, family on their way to degrees

More than 200 people turned out Tuesday for a graduation celebration at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. Some grads said they mixed schoolwork with other responsibilities on their way to getting degrees from USM schools and attending classes at the local campus. Kelsey Pittsnogle of Sharpsburg will receive a bachelor's degree in elementary and early childhood education from Frostburg State University. (Herald-Mail)

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Howard Community College graduates urged to value their education

Fourteen years ago, Anya Welsh left her family, friends and a pharmacy career in the Ukraine to come to the United States with the determination to have a better future for herself and her daughter. On Tuesday, Welsh’s determination paid off. She received an associate of applied science degree from Howard Community College. Welsh, 33, was chosen as the student speaker for HCC’s spring graduation ceremony at the Retriever Activities Center Arena at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville. (Ho. Co. Times)

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May 22 // Baltimore schools establish policy for early dismissal in the extreme heat

The Baltimore school district established new guidelines for closing schools in hot weather, months after complaints about freezing classrooms sparked widespread outrage. It’s an annual problem: Nearly every winter and summer, extreme weather exposes infrastructure issues in Baltimore school buildings, which are among the oldest in the state. In September, temperatures in some city classrooms exceeded 100 degrees. In January, photos went viral of children huddling in parkas while classroom thermometers showed temperatures in the 40s. (Balt. Sun)

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Five Maryland school districts rank among top 10 in U.S. for per student spending

Baltimore City Public Schools spent the fifth-most per student among the 100 largest school districts in the U.S. during fiscal year 2016, according to data released Monday by the Census Bureau. The city school district spent $15,168 per pupil during the year. Baltimore City Public Schools is the 39th-largest elementary and secondary public school district in the U.S. Overall, five Maryland school districts ranked among the top 10. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland college awards $63K literary prize to student for her writing about insects

A student who writes through the perspective of insects won the nation's largest literary prize for undergraduates on Friday. Washington College in Maryland announced Friday that Caroline Harvey won its Sophie Kerr prize, valued at $63,711 this year. A graduating English major from Arlington, Virginia, Harvey submitted a portfolio that included poetry, nonfiction and academic scholarship from her thesis, titled: "Poetics of Otherness: The Marginalized Experience Though the Insect Lens." (AP)

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Legislative Services audit comes back with more than a dozen recommendations for Carroll schools

A recent audit of Carroll County Public Schools, done by the Department of Legislative Services, shows a total of 13 findings that require recommendations. The findings deal with issues from not always complying with established procedures governing school activity funds to technology privacy prevention issues to not implementing a process to verify reported project benefits of energy conservation contracts. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Dorchester BOE hears concerns about teachers leaving

Teachers, parents and community leaders packed the Dorchester County Board of Education meeting Thursday, May 17, to voice concerns with about 60 teachers set to leave the county and fearing more will follow. Several of the factors raised for the departures include the county’s $42,370 starting salary, lowest in the state, and low staff morale. (Star-Democrat)

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Carroll Board of Education begins work on equity policy

Carroll County Public Schools is in the midst of creating an equity policy, which school officials say will bring equal educational opportunities and high-quality learning to students. Supervisor of Equity and Community Outreach Judy Jones said she hopes the new policy can help schools and educators be “equity advocates” for all students. (Carr. Co. Times)

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