Ava Wanas Montessori School addition gets next step in approval

The Sykesville Planning Commission approved a preliminary site plan for an addition at the Ava Wanas Montessori School on College Avenue. Adding to the school will accommodate increased enrollment of children — from the age of 2 through kindergarten — and create an office for Ava Wanas Founder Marie Atalla, architect Henry “Hank” Maeser IV said Monday evening. Atalla “currently has two large classrooms that accommodate 40 children,” he said. “She is requesting to add another classroom which will add another 20 children to the total, for a total of 60 children all together.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Washington County commissioners, BOE talk about school replacement

The Washington County Board of Education was looking for feedback and support Tuesday during a joint meeting with the Washington County Board of Commissioners, mostly on its master plan. The main topic was the presentation of the BOE's 2018 Educational Facilities Master Plan, which the board approved June 5. The plan outlines the next decade of building replacements and updates, including a proposal for three new "prototype" elementary schools. (Herald-Mail)

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August 7 // Boosts in income eligibility mean more families to access child care subsidies

Maryland has doubled how much working families can earn and still qualify for child care vouchers, a move advocates say will open up high-quality care for thousands more families. Beginning this month, families of four with incomes of up to $71,525 can apply for the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program. The previous income limit was $35,702 for a family of four. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland wins $3 million grant to start center for investigative journalism

The University of Maryland, College Park was awarded a $3 million grant by the Scripps Howard Foundation to start its first investigative journalism center, the university announced Monday. The Howard Center will be housed in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and offer graduate-level investigative journalism training, according to a statement released by the school. Students can expect to work with news organizations across the country. (Balt. Sun)

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March for Our Lives student leaders mark anniversary of Voting Rights Act with Baltimore event

Student leaders involved in the national March For Our Lives anti-gun violence movement came to Baltimore for a meeting Monday at the NAACP headquarters timed to coincide with the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Conducting a “town hall” discussion live on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the students encouraged voter registration and digital organizing, and called on young people to raise their voices in the coming election. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County officials propose requiring parental supervision for young White Marsh Mall patrons following fight

Two Baltimore County Council members are calling on the owners of White Marsh Mall to require young patrons to be supervised on Friday and Saturday evenings after a fight over the weekend led to the arrest of seven juveniles and two adults. Council members Cathy Bevins and David Marks met with county police, mall officials and mall security Monday to discuss how to prevent future altercations at the mall. (Balt. Sun)

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Medical marijuana use to be reviewed by Board of Education

The Frederick County Board of Education is tackling its drug policy ahead of the new school year, possibly putting in place new language to explicitly prevent its 5,771 Frederick County Public Schools employees from taking advantage of new Maryland medical marijuana laws. The Maryland General Assembly legalized medical marijuana in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the legal process worked its way to forming a fully operational medical marijuana program across the state. (News-Post)

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Middle schoolers’ dreams of aviation careers take flight with camp at BWI

There are countless summer camps, but one at BWI Airport is showing kids how many careers there are in aviation. There are of thousands of jobs at the airport, from the pilot in the front to the crew in the rear or the employees back at the terminal. There’s another job: the driver of an unusual airport bus taking middle schoolers to Aviation Camp at BWI. (WJZ-TV)

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