Naval Academy: Move toward admitting transgender mids halted

The Naval Academy confirmed Wednesday it has frozen any moves toward admitting transgender people, the same day President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to say he plans to bar them from serving in the military. Cmdr. David McKinney said the academy had been working under interim guidelines issued in November. They would have moved the academy to begin accepting qualified transgender applicants for the incoming class in 2018. (Capital)

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Maryland, Baltimore education officials will collaborate to help city's worst performing schools

Maryland education officials will meet with administrators of the 20 worst performing schools in Baltimore over two days next week to find ways to turn them around. The state and city officials will then collaborate over the next year as they develop interventions that can improve the academic performance of students in those schools. In many cases, the schools have been low performing for years or even decades. (Balt. Sun)

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NAACP calls for end to for-profit charter schools

The NAACP is calling for tighter restrictions on charter schools and the elimination of for-profit charters as part of a broad array of actions leaders want to see taken on the local and national level to improve public education for children of color. In a report released Wednesday, the organization did not rescind the controversial position it took last year when it passed a resolution saying there should be a moratorium on charter school expansion. (Balt. Sun)

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McDaniel donation to help experiential learning opportunities

A recent $500,000 donation to McDaniel College will go toward experiential learning opportunities and Experience Awards. Robert "Robin" Salomon III, of Bethesda, a member of the McDaniel board of trustees and a former parent visitor to the board, and his wife, Sarah, the parents of a McDaniel College alumnus, made the donation, according to a news release from the college. (Carr. Co. Times)

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CCPS agriculture educators take awards

A few Carroll County Public Schools teachers recently received National Association of Agriculture Educators Awards and Maryland Agriculture Teachers Association Professional Awards. The National Association of Agriculture Educators has awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement, according to a news release from the school system. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Getting kids hooked on the science behind drones

It takes skills, and definitely some patience to master controlling a quad-copter through the air. This week, it's also part of drone camp for a group of nine youths. "Sometimes the drones can be unstable, so it's hard to maneuver it," said 13-year-old Xavier Goodall. "I like drones because they fly, and they can go really high, and you can do tricks with them" 10-year-old Jamaal Kadrolli said. (WMAR-TV)

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July 26 // CCPS Superintendent Guthrie won't seek another term

Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Guthrie announced Tuesday at a Board of Education work session he will not seek a third term in his position. Guthrie, who has been superintendent of the school system since 2010, will finish his term June 30, 2018. "This is a decision that I made when I applied for the position," Guthrie told the Times. "Two terms was all I was interested in serving." Guthrie said he is pleased and fortunate to have spent this time as superintendent. (Carr. Co. Times)

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MSU received national award for student success

Morgan State University was recently recognized on a national level for its success with helping their students succeed in the classroom. Last week the university was honored with the Student Success Award at the Hobsons Education Advances Awards, an annual conference on higher education. As a historically black university that enrolls many low-income, first-generation students, since implementing the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform the university says they have seen improvement in graduation and retention rates. (WMAR)

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