3 women with UMBC ties join sex-assault lawsuit; 1 alleges she was raped by 4 UMBC basketball players

Three women with ties to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have joined a lawsuit against Baltimore County authorities that alleges systemic indifference to crimes of sexual violence and bias against women. One new plaintiff, a former UMBC student, alleged that she was raped by four UMBC basketball players on campus in 2014, according to the suit. According to the lawsuit, the woman attended a party and woke up the next morning without any memory from the night before after consuming various beverages. Weeks later, she was told that four basketball players had "run a train on her and pass[ed] her around," according to the lawsuit. (Balt. Sun)

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Amid national debate on immigration, Howard school system reaffirms role to educate all students

Howard County’s school board has adopted a new policy reinforcing its commitment to guarantee education for all, regardless of immigration status. The move comes amid a changing climate in the nation over undocumented residents and “removes the fear and anxiety that some of our families are facing today,” said Hector Garcia, CEO of Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, a Columbia nonprofit that helps immigrants. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Carroll school board approves hiring of executive director of school performance, equity and accountability

Carroll County Public Schools has added a position in central office to focus on equity, student success and more. The Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Jason Anderson on Wednesday night, to fill the role of executive director of school performance, equity and accountability. Anderson brings experience from working as a classroom teacher, a teacher specialist for professional development, principal of a gifted and talented magnet school, as well as two Title I schools and as an executive director for curriculum, instruction and innovation. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Anne Arundel County in negotiations to buy Glen Burnie land for elementary school

In a pre-election announcement, County Executive Steve Schuh revealed he was eyeing land in Glen Burnie for a future elementary school but did not disclose its exact address or estimated purchase price. The county is in negotiations to purchase 8.3 acres off Marley Neck Boulevard, south of Fort Smallwood Road and across from the Creekside Village Community, according to Owen McEvoy, a spokesperson for the county executive. (Capital)

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Md. superintendent hopes young children will increase pedestrian safety

As local and state officials consider what can be done to improve pedestrian safety, 10 days after four teenagers were hit by a car as they waited for a school bus on Georgia Avenue, the head of public schools says a proven technique is already being used. Superintendent Jack Smith says the county is using a lesson learned 40 years ago, when society attempted to school adults. Smith said he is speaking with other county officials to better leverage their attempts to improve pedestrian safety, “about things we can do to together to encourage the state to make changes that we see locally are needed. (WTOP)

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Calvert Hall Greenhouse Has Students Getting Down In The Dirt With New Greenhouse

There’s something new on the campus of Calvert Hall College in Towson. It’s a 600-square foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse that will provide the school’s nearly 1,200 students with hands-on opportunities in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. “It allows our young men, in science courses particularly, to apply the things they’ve learned in the classroom in a real-life situation, and it gets dirt under their fingernails,” said Brother James, the chairman of the Calvert Hall science department. (WJZ-CBS)

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Northfield Elementary in Ellicott City turns the big 5-0 with 'the biggest birthday party'

Party hats, popcorn and birthday decorations filled the hallways and playground of Northfield Elementary School on Thursday to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. “This is the biggest birthday party I ever went to,” Cathleen Lopez, the school’s principal, said to all students, staff and guests at the afternoon celebration on the school’s playground. The Ellicott City school opened in 1968 and was renovated in 1986 and 2011. An addition in 2007 expanded the building, which has more than 700 students and about 100 staff. (Balt. Sun)

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Worcester Tech In Running For Cash Prize

Welding students at Worcester Technical High School are hoping a national contest could bring them a new classroom. Worcester Technical High School is one of three finalists in the Channellock Trade School Trade-Up contest. If the school’s video earns the most votes in the tool company’s Facebook contest, the school could win a $5,000 cash prize, new tools and a classroom makeover. “Welding is in its fourth year at Worcester Tech,” Principal Tom Zimmer said. “It’s one of the most demanded classes. Getting more tools will allow us to expose more students to the welding world.” (O.C. Md. News)

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