Students mark FFA Week with a visit to state legislators

Carroll County FFA chapters celebrated National FFA Week with a visit to their state legislators Tuesday. Thirty high school students from Winters Mill, Francis Scott Key, Manchester Valley, Westminster and South Carroll high schools watched House proceedings for 30 minutes, toured the State House and the Government House, and lobbied for House Bill 870, which encourages local boards of education to implement agricultural education programs statewide. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Confusion and frustration from community comes after Francis Scott Key High School threat

Francis Scott Key senior Grace Kaehn rode a mostly empty bus to school Wednesday morning and was one of only two students in one of her classes. More than a third of the high school’s student population was absent Wednesday as rumors and uncertainty spread across social media following a threat made by a student Tuesday, which has since been deemed not credible. “I didn’t really want to go to school, but, I didn’t want to miss a bunch of school and then not be able to graduate,” Kaehn said. “I knew a lot of people weren’t going to school and a lot of my friends were asking if I was still going to school, because they didn’t want to get shot.” (Balt. Sun)

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February 21 // Massachusetts and Maryland lead the nation on a key measure of Advanced Placement access

More than 30 percent of public high school graduates last year in Maryland and four other states earned a passing score of 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement exam during their years in school, the College Board reported Wednesday. The results reflect how deeply AP testing has become embedded in American high schools. Maryland ranked second in the country, with 31.2 percent of its class of 2017 passing at least one AP test. Massachusetts led the nation, with a share of 32.1 percent. (Wash. Post)

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Public meetings announced for Anne Arundel school redistricting proposals

Next month the public can weigh in on two redistricting proposals recommended by Anne Arundel Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto. Students who live in the Maryland City Elementary School attendance zone go to MacArthur Middle School when their elementary education is over. The superintendent has recommended those students attend Meade Middle School instead. The change would be made in the 2018-2019 school year. (Capital)

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Baltimore County revises process for candidates running for school board

Just one week before the deadline for candidates to file to run for seats on the Baltimore County School Board, the district has put a revised process in place to make it easier to file. The original process was complicated by a requirement that candidates’ financial disclosure forms be approved by the school system’s ethics panel before they could file to run. (Balt. Sun)

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A contemporary twist to Black History Month in Howard County

Howard County schools’ annual Black History Month events, which included last weekend’s Black History Expo, speakers and classroom projects, had a new participant this year: The local chapter of the national Black Lives Matter in our Schools. Black Lives Matter in Schools organizers, who held a series of “Week of Action” events, also published a list of demands of the school system, in line with those presented by the national organization. They including hiring more teachers of color, mandating cultural proficiency, bias and restorative justice training for all educators and implementing ethnic studies and culturally relevant curriculum in all grades. (Columbia Flier)

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Harford students are 'scared' after latest school shootings, board's student rep says

Harford County students have not planned any vigils for the victims of school shootings or protests against the availability of guns, the student representative on the county’s Board of Education said Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean Harford students aren’t concerned for their safety, or in sympathy with the victims of last week’s shooting deaths at a Florida High School, student board rep Matt Resnik said. “Students go to school everyday not knowing what is going to happen,” Resnik said in a text message. “With all of the shootings, students become more [worried] everyday.” (Aegis)

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Hopkins class to boost Accelerate Baltimore alumnae's marketing efforts

A startup with local roots is getting a marketing and advertising boost from a class of Johns Hopkins University students. Jetpack Inc. was founded by entrepreneur Fatima Dicko, who also founded Baltimore subscription box delivery venture mybestbox. Dicko went through the Emerging Technology Centers' Accelerate Baltimore program and secured early funding for mybestbox in 2016, before traveling to Stanford University for graduate school. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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