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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Howard updates school calendar to preserve 2019 spring break

After weather-related closings forced county schools to trim spring break this year, the Howard County Board of Education has added another possible inclement-weather day to next year’s school calendar. Students’ last day next school year will be June 17, rather than June 14 as planned. The 2018-2019 calendar builds in four inclement weather days, while preserving all of spring break, set from April 15 to 22. Schools also will close for Presidents Day in February. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Sean Bulson, if hired as Harford school superintendent, would help get success stories out

Sean Bulson, a finalist for Harford County Public Schools’ next superintendent, was so impressed by a student he met while touring schools last week that he said the first thing he would do if hired is tell that student’s story to the community. “We need to get your story out,” Bulson recalled telling the student. “There’s so much great stuff that’s going on here.” Bulson is one of two finalists for the job of leading Harford County Public Schools, a system that serves about 37,800 students in 54 schools and has about 5,000 employees. (Aegis)

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New principals named for Whitman, Churchill high schools

Students at Walt Whitman and Winston Churchill high schools learned the names of their new principals Monday evening. The county school board appointed Robert W. Dodd, a lead consulting principal, to lead Walt Whitman in Bethesda. “Dr. Dodd is excited and gratified to join the Walt Whitman staff and the school community in order to help continue Walt Whitman High School’s tradition of strong excellence,” Superintendent Jack Smith said during the board meeting. (Bethesda)

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Howard looks at new ways to talk to teens about safe sex

The Howard County Health Department is looking to reframe its approach to safe-sex talks for teens amid rising rates of sexually transmitted infections. The number of STI cases across the country and in Maryland hit record highs in 2016. Howard County followed suit, reaching its own record of 195 cases of gonorrhea and 948 cases of chlamydia. Teens between 15- and 19-years-old made up 14 percent of new gonorrhea cases and 29 percent of new chlamydia cases. (Ho. Co. Times)

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