Fri March 13, 2015
Test Assessment

Moratorium on test assessment gets unfavorable stamp

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill that would put a moratorium on controversial standardized tests in Maryland got a failing grade by a Senate committee.

On Friday, a Senate committee that handles health, environmental and educational legislation voted 7-4 to give the bill an unfavorable ruling.

Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery County, suggested the unfavorable vote because another legislator has proposed the creation of a task force to study Maryland's test assessments.

The moratorium, she said, would be putting the cart before the horse.

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Fri March 13, 2015
Maryland Fraternity-Racist Email

University of Maryland, fraternity investigate racist email

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland and Kappa Sigma fraternity say they're investigating an email sent by a student laced with racist and sexist language.

Kappa Sigma fraternity says in a statement posted on its website Friday that the student was a member of the University of Maryland chapter when he sent the email to six others in January 2014. The fraternity says it only recently learned of the email and has suspended the student. Kappa Sigma says the student has since resigned, and its Maryland chapter is working to formally expel him.

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Mon March 9, 2015
spelling bee

2015 “spelldown” @ UMES was uplifting

Gia Bautista (left) won the 2015 Md. Eastern Shore Spelling Bee, repeating as champion. Erin Welch (right) was the runner-up for the second year in a row.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– It was déjà vu at the 2015 edition of the Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Gia Bautista, the 2014 winner, outdueled Erin Welch in a marathon “spelldown” to repeat as champion. Welch was the 2014 runner-up.

Each spelled some three dozen words with seeming ease before Erin tripped up on “plummet,” omitting one of the “Ms.”

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Wed March 4, 2015
spelling bee-umes

2015 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee set for March 7

Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -–– The champion and runner-up from the 2014 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee are among 44 Lower Shore contestants set to compete Saturday in the 2015 edition of the competition at UMES.

Gia Bautista, an eighth-grader from Wicomico Middle School, and sixth-grader Erin Welch of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School both qualified for their third regional bee where a trip to the national spelling competition will be on the line.

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Tue March 3, 2015
School Officer-Assault

School police officer charged with assaulting students

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore say a grand jury has indicted a city school police officer, charging her with assaulting three middle school students.

The State's Attorney's Office announced that Lakisha Pulley was indicted Monday in the incident that occurred at Vanguard Collegiate Middle School in October.

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