Prince George's interim schools CEO claims progress for Laurel schools in new ratings

The 10 Laurel public schools located in Prince George’s County received three or four stars out of five in the state’s new education rankings unveiled last week. The Maryland State Department of Education rated each school from a minimum of one star to a maximum of five, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act known as ESSA. The new system is an accountability program required by the federal government. Laurel High School, Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, Laurel Elementary, Oaklands Elementary, Montpelier Elementary and Deerfield Run Elementary schools each earned three stars. (Balt. Sun)

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Morgan State University lays out priorities for next 5 years

Morgan State University's goals over the next five years include hitting a 50 percent graduation rate and winning more sporting championships. At the start of this academic year, Morgan State's President David Wilson noted several goals for the fiscal year that included the complete renovation of a campus research center, the successful conclusion of the school's $250 million fundraising campaign, the start of the Northwood shopping center redevelopment and a long-term plan to address student housing needs. Several of those goals, including the fundraising goal and the initiation of the Northwood project, have already been accomplished. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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On slain Bowie State student's birthday, family announces foundation in his honor

The family of a Bowie State University student who was killed in a stabbing at the University of Maryland campus in May of 2017 announced a foundation in his honor today, which would have been his 25th birthday. Second Lt. Richard Collins III was killed before graduation, and shortly after he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. Collins was a part of Bowie State’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. “In honor of his birthday, we are excited to announce The 2nd Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III Foundation,” Collins’ family said in a statement. (Bowie Blade-News)

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Five more adenovirus cases confirmed at University of Maryland, bringing total to 35

At least 35 cases of adenovirus have been confirmed at the University of Maryland, College Park as of Wednesday, according to the university. That’s five more than were reported a week ago. Ten samples have been confirmed as adenovirus 7, one of the strains that can lead to more serious illnesses, according to a letter to the school community. The virus led to the death of a freshman in November. The university plans to deep-clean frequently touched surfaces in dorms during students’ winter break to combat the spread of the virus, including disinfecting doorknobs, desks, dressers, counters, light switches, faucets and bed frames. (Balt. Sun)

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December 12 // Hogan announces plan to spend $3.5 billion on Maryland school construction, balks at estimated Kirwan costs

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a plan Tuesday to fund $3.5 billion in school construction projects across the state, thanks in part to a new constitutional amendment that forces the addition of casino revenue to school funding. Hogan plans to submit legislation during the 2019 General Assembly session that would add $1.9 billion in new school construction projects over five years. That funding would be in addition to the $1.6 billion in public school construction funding currently included in the state’s five-year capital budget. “This represents the largest investment in school construction ever in Maryland history,” Hogan said. (Balt. Sun)

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Scenarios to address high school capacity issues presented to Baltimore County Board of Education

The Baltimore County Board of Education on Tuesday night heard a report and recommendations on how the school system could address high school capacity and facility condition shortfalls. In a highly anticipated final report, consultant Sage Policy Group outlined the work it has done since the summer — meeting with communities, running surveys and crunching numbers — to construct three scenarios the county could follow to mitigate a projected shortfall of 1,700 high school seats by the 2027-2028 school year and address some school facility issues. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland college of journalism dedicates plaque to Capital Gazette shooting victims

On the day her late husband and his Annapolis Capital Gazette colleagues were recognized with a Time magazine cover and a plaque at the University of Maryland’s journalism college, Andrea Chamblee implored a roomful of journalists to resist the temptation to become numb to gun violence. She told the story of a recent conversation with a veteran whose advice stuck with the grieving widow: “Get used to not getting used to it.” “I need you writers to tell the story of all victims of gun violence,” Chamblee said. “I need you to get used to not getting used to it.” (Capital)

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Families fight to keep Baltimore school open

Monarch Academy Baltimore is public K-8 charter school that does things a little differently. They don't have bells, no rows of desks, and no lockers. Instead, murals documenting Baltimore City, reflecting the communities the students live in. "We have our own mini city," Principal Kiara Hargrove said. It's some of the many things school staff say make the school special. The old Coca Cola bottling plant in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello community was renovated by The Children's Guild, which operates the school, in 2013 and houses over 1,000 students and staff from all zip codes of Baltimore. (WMAR)

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