Congressman Elijah Cummings steps away from Beltway politics to unite Baltimore area students

Just a few miles separate African-American neighborhoods of West Baltimore from Jewish enclaves to the north, and Rep. Elijah Cummings has sought for years to unite these teens across his district. On Sunday, he brought his message to one more class of them, telling a conference room of boys and girls they aren’t so different from one another. “We have a tendency to categorize people. We say, ‘I’m not going to hang with you because you’re black. I’m not going to hang with you because you’re Jewish,” he told them. “What we’re trying to do is represent what it feels like to be in somebody else’s shoes.” (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland receives record number of sexual misconduct reports, conducts few investigations

Fueled by a rising awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence on campus and ways to report it, the University of Maryland’s Title IX office received a record-high number of complaints last school year — yet it opened a record-low number of investigations into those claims. During the last school year, the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct received 249 reports of potential sexual misconduct, of which 91 became formalized complaints, according to its recently published annual report. Investigators then opened 16 investigations. The year before, the office fielded 208 reports, of which 80 became complaints, and opened 27 investigations. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gets A ‘C’ For Addressing School Drinking Water Problems, Lead Contamination

While lead contamination in Maryland school’s drinking water is still a concern, there has been an improvement. According to a new study, Maryland earned a ‘C’ grade for its efforts to address the problem. In 2017, Maryland received an ‘F’ for the problem. The study assigned grades to states based on the strictness of lead standards, the intensity of testing protocols and transparency in communicating with the public. (WJZ-TV)

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Kamala Harris pledges to close teacher pay gap during first term

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced on Saturday her plan to use federal funds to boost teacher pay by an unprecedented level, the first policy roll-out of her campaign. The California Democrat laid out her idea during a rally at Texas Southern University, a historic black institution in Houston, Texas. It was the senator's second public event in the Lone Star State in as many days. (Wash. Examiner)

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MICA receives $30K grant to support printmaking programs

The Maryland Institute College of Art has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its programming around a historic Baltimore printing collection. The grant announced Friday will support the school's residency, exhibition and public programming around the Globe Collection and Press, which MICA acquired in 2011. The Globe Collection is one of the largest collections of printing history in the world and for more than 80 years promoted musical acts such as Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin and Snoop Dogg as well as other aspects of civic and public life, including film, elections, community fairs and boxing matches. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Md. Senate recognizes Bester program as 'model' for communities

In January, the Bester Community of Hope — a cooperative initiative to strengthen families in the neighborhood of Bester Elementary School — won national recognition from Casey Family Programs. It was recognized for bringing together public, business, nonprofit, philanthropic and community partners to improve the safety and success of children and their families. On Thursday, the Maryland Senate recognized San Mar Family and Community Services, the organizing agency for the Community of Hope, for “being awarded the national Jim Casey Building Communities of Hope Award for the Bester Community Hope Initiative and making a difference in the lives of Maryland children, families, and communities.” (Herald Mail)

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FCPS redistricting maps are public signaling feedback stage

 

Parents crowded around high school cafeteria tables, tracing their fingers across the maps with brightly colored planning blocks to locate their homes and the potential future for their children. Saeed Marshall knelt to get a closer look at his home in Urbana. He has two children in elementary school, one of whom will soon enter middle school. He said he was concerned that his children may soon need to ride a school bus to get to class. (News-Post)

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Officials say Crofton High construction on pace for school to open in 2020

Crofton-area residents will have to wait until April 17 to learn which neighborhoods will be redistricted into a new $135 million high school, but Anne Arundel school officials say the project is on pace to open for the 2020-21 school year. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will vote next month on the redistricting plan. The April 17 board meeting will not include public testimony for the redistricting plan since a March 19 hearing was held for the public to weigh in on four options. The new school will pull students from Arundel and South River high schools. (Capital Gazette)

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