What's next for Salisbury Middle School? Superintendent talks moves to keep students safe

A stretch of unrest at Salisbury Middle School has spurred immediate intervention, but Wicomico County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hanlin said there's now long-term, community-focused work to be done. In a Wednesday interview, she described the recent turmoil at the school as a week-long increase in "disruptions" or "altercations between students." Among these incidents was a lunch "disturbance" resolved with pepper spray and a fight that sent a student to a Baltimore hospital with a head injury. (Delmarva)

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Monarch Preschool College Park to open next year

Monarch Preschool College Park, founded by The Children’s Guild, will open in February 2020 and serve 120 children ages 3-5. The school will be located in an 11,400-square-foot renovated space in College Park United Methodist Church, 9601 Rhode Island Ave., on the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and Hollywood Road in College Park. It will be open year-round with a full-day program to include before- and after-school care. (Daily Record)

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Post-U. Md. poll: Most Md. residents open to higher taxes to boost school spending

As Maryland lawmakers weigh revamping the state’s public education system, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds widespread support for dramatically boosting school spending and an openness to higher income taxes to finance it. The findings could fuel a growing battle between Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has vowed to fight any tax increases, and the Democratic legislative leaders who have made the costly education overhaul a top priority. (Wash. Post)

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Enrollment at most Maryland colleges has dropped in recent years. Here's where it has grown.

University of Maryland Global Campus saw its total student enrollment grow between fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2018 while most other Maryland colleges did not. The Adelphi-based public university, formerly called University of Maryland, University College until a name change in July, saw a 40% enrollment increase in the timeframe mentioned above, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. The spike can largely be attributed to an increase in the school's online degree programs, which university spokesman Robert Ludwig said have become more popular at UMGC and across the country in recent years. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Thousands of food items packed for schoolchildren

At the YMCA Head Start on North East Street, there was an assembly line. People holding grocery bags plucked food items from clear plastic bins. They grabbed cans of ravioli, as well as oatmeal and applesauce. Items for breakfast, lunch, a healthful snack and dessert. Volunteers at Blessings in a Backpack’s annual Blizzard Bag packing helped pack 28,000 items in 2,832 bags, said program director Hermine Bernstein. (News-Post)

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New Goucher College Initiative To Study Role Of Slavery, Racism On Campus Land

Goucher College has launched a new initiative to study and recognize the impact slavery and racism have had on the land that currently makes up its campus. The school said its Hallowed Ground Project is designed to educate students about the largely-forgotten history of enslaved people who once lived on what is now its campus. (WJZ)

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Fundraising Underway To Turn Former Cardinal Gibbons School Into YMCA

It’s been nine years since Cardinal Gibbons School closed its doors in southwest Baltimore, but now an effort is underway to turn the old campus into a YMCA. School alumni and community members are raising money to turned the campus into the city’s third YMCA location, which they say will be a significant community benefit. “It will create jobs, it will create a place for families and kids to go to be healthier, to work out,” said Jeff Sprinkle with The Y in Central Maryland. (WJZ)

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Teachers Learn New Coding Techniques With Drones And Robots

Educators are learning new ways to teach students how to code. Wednesday, they got experience with robots and drones. Sphero Mini robots can be coded to make different sounds or movements and can connect via Bluetooth to national parks across the country. The robots rolled around, while drones flew through the Baltimore Convention Center. Experts say coding can be used in math classes, or even English classes, as part of storytelling. (WJZ)

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