Howard County school system pledges not to trim spring break in 2020

For the 2019-20 academic year, Howard County’s public schools will open the Tuesday after Labor Day and spring break won’t be shortened if bad weather causes unexpected school closings. Under a calendar approved last week by the school board, all 77 schools will open on Sept. 3, 2019, and end June 15, 2020. 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. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Update from the Compost Collective: New shed, new goats, new customers

Goats. A new soil shed. New batches of folks helping out. And did we mention – goats! So much keeps happening at the Filbert Street Community Garden in South Baltimore that every once in a while Marvin Hayes just has to pass it along in a flurry of texts, lest he fall too far behind. “We got a new soil shed – it’s where we’ll keep our tools,” Hayes wrote in the most recent communiqué. “And, of course, some of our ‘black gold’ soil enhancer!” Otherwise known as compost. (Brew)

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Noose found in AACo. Middle School bathroom

School officials at Chesapeake Bay Middle School in Anne Arundel County are investigating an incident involving a noose found hanging in their school's bathroom. In a letter sent out to parents and members of their school community, administrators were notified of the noose on Monday afternoon by a student. They say the noose was made out of toilet paper hanging in a stall located in a boys' bathroom. School officials say a staff member quickly removed the noose and Anne Arundel County Police was immediately alerted. (WMAR)

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Harford Community College seeks participants for Future Summit

As part of Harford Community College’s strategic planning efforts, the College will be hosting a Future Summit on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the APGFCU Arena. The Summit—a meeting of legislators, educators, entrepreneurs and other leaders from Harford County and across Maryland—will enable the larger community to provide guidance on the future direction of the College. HCC is working to become the College of the Future, an innovative institution prepared to meet the ever-evolving needs of its students, its staff and the larger community—and your voice is essential to this process. (Aegis)

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November 5 // U-Md.'s campus roiled by leadership upheavals; University Senate condemns board

The University of Maryland continued to be in turmoil Friday after a week of tumultuous actions sparked by the death of a football player. The University Senate held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, and a coalition of student groups plan to hold a protest on Monday. The University Senate — which is made up of faculty members, staffers and student — passed a resolution condemning the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for its recent actions. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland students demand role in naming Loh's successor, say regents should be elected

After a campus protest broke down in disarray over the issue of boycotting football, University of Maryland, College Park student groups signed a joint statement calling for a role in the selection of next president and that the Board of Regents be elected. Several hundred people, including students and faculty, gathered Thursday for a rally outside the university’s administrative building in College Park. (Balt. Sun)

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UMBC starting 'Retriever Courage' initiative to track commitments made in wake of lawsuit alleging sexual assault cover-ups

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County started an initiative this week called “Retriever Courage,” described as the school’s plan for sexual violence and misconduct prevention and response. UMBC launched a website Friday to “document our community’s progress in this work and serve as a platform for ongoing communication,” according to a campus-wide email. Under the initiative, the school will select an outside consultant to work with the university on how it handles cases of sexual violence; implement mandatory training for faculty, students and staff; and do some of the “nuts and bolts” work, like improving lighting on campus and including emergency information on campus ID cards, said university spokeswoman Dinah Winnick. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s voters to elect leaders to Maryland’s second-largest school district

Voters will decide Tuesday who will occupy four seats on the Prince George’s Board of Education in suburban Maryland. The winners will sit on a board that represents Maryland’s second-largest school system and is among the state’s lowest-performing districts. The panel quarreled in recent months over a controversial $800,000 payout to Kevin Maxwell, the recently departed chief executive who stepped down amid scandal. (Wash. Post)

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