Diversity and inclusion course could become graduation requirement for Anne Arundel students

After a racist petition circulated Arundel High School last year, students and staff looked for a solution. Now they want every high schooler in the county to get on board. The school piloted its Global Community Citizenship course after a petition called “Kool Kids Klan” circulated the school in January 2017. It solicited students to join a white supremacy movement. (Capital)

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Public charter school in Baltimore County to debut next year

A new charter school in Baltimore County is readying to welcome its first classes of kindergarten, and first, second and third grade students by next September. Watershed Public Charter School has found a 10-acre site in Woodlawn and is customizing the grounds to fit its specific mission. It will open next fall at the former John Paul Regional School site at 6946 Dogwood Road. It is a major step forward for the school, which fought to gain its charter to operate earlier this year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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A new career academy is coming to Howard schools next fall

A new high school career academy is coming to Howard County Public Schools next fall, the school system announced this week. Howard high school seniors will have the opportunity to earn a salary and learn industry skills through Apprenticeship Maryland, a state partnership, the school system announced Thursday. The academy focuses on careers in manufacturing and science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Montgomery County Council president continues push to expand early childhood education

In her new County Council leadership role, Nancy Navarro continued her push to expand early childhood education during a Thursday gathering of Montgomery County political and civic leaders. "I strongly believe that respect and equity of access for all our residents must begin literally at the cradle," Navarro said at the Committee for Montgomery County's annual legislative breakfast in North Bethesda. (Bethesda)

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More new leadership on Prince George’s school board in aftermath of scandals

In a sign of a major political shift in Prince George’s County, the outspoken leader of a minority bloc on the Board of Education was chosen Thursday night as vice chairman. The move came as a striking change for a 14-member board reshaped by the elections in November. Edward Burroughs III, 26, the board’s longest-serving member, was selected by board colleagues Thursday night in a decision confirmed by several district officials Friday. A formal announcement is expected Monday. (Wash. Post)

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114 years later, Naval Academy hopes latest renovations will fix chapel dome leaks

The Naval Academy Chapel is leaking. In fact, it’s been leaking since it was built in 1904. Renovations began last week to fix it, as well as patch and resolder parts of the iconic chapel dome. “This was not properly flashed when it was built,” said Sara Phillips, deputy for facilities and construction, noting the strip of metal meant to keep water out of the interior of the building failed to do that very thing. (Capital)

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New mural at Fallston High School seeks to promote inclusiveness among student body

When she arrived at Fallston High School her sophomore year, Amaya Parker said it sometimes felt that her race was all people saw of her. “You talk really white,” she recalls some saying. “How do I talk a race?” she wanted to know. Parker, now 18 and a senior, says she’s proud to be a minority student at Fallston — she’s black and Latina — and knows that she’s so much more than that. “I’m also a good athlete,” she said. “I’m a pretty good singer.” On Thursday, Fallston art teacher Andrea Sauer and a group of students unveiled a mural they hope will not only spruce things up around the school, but expand the minds of students when it comes to accepting, understanding and befriending those who are different than themselves. (Balt. Sun)

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Super Reader program works to close literacy gap

When Hagerstown resident Lisa Campbell clocks out for lunch every day, she doesn’t go on a break. Instead, the academic adviser and disabilities representative for students at Penn State World Campus drives to Pangborn Elementary School to tutor kindergartners and first-graders who need a little extra help getting up to speed with their reading skills. Campbell is one of about 20 active volunteers with Super Readers, a mentoring program launched the week of Oct. 22 that has already racked up more than 120 collective hours between seven classes at Pangborn and Paramount elementary schools. (Herald-Mail)

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