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College Student Stabbed to Death by Roommate

Bowie State University EntranceOne escalated argument led to a fatal stabbing on Thursday night. Police reported that Alexis D. Simpson, 19, got into a verbal altercation with her roommate Dominique T. Frazier, 18, which turned into physical fight. Both attended Bowie State University in Maryland.

A witness claims the two were fighting about music being played on an iPod. Reports say that the fight ended when Fraizer was stabbed in the throat by Simpson.

“This kind of senseless violence is difficult to understand,” said a statement from university officials. “We understand from police that there is no apparent ongoing threat to the campus community and it is safe for students and employees.”

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Maryland Senator Proposes In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

Maryland Senator Victor Ramirez

Newly elected Maryland Senator Victor Ramirez is planning to introduce legislation that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates when attending college within the state. This would be an option only for those who spent two years at a state high school. The tuition break comes out to around $15,000 when comparing in-state rates to those that out of state students pay. The democratic governor of Maryland stated he would sign the bill for in-state tuition. Ramirez believes that the bill has a better chance of passing due to the new makeup of the state senate. The requirements for receiving the in-state tuition rate include attending two years of high school in the state of Maryland, having parents who pay income tax, and signing a sworn affidavit to complete the paperwork to become a United States citizen.

This legislation is not being met with total support though. Delegate Pat McDonough has stated that he plans to introduce 15 new bills that will crack down on illegal immigration rather than giving tuition breaks. McDonough wants to include some proposals that will ban colleges from giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates. He doesn’t believe it is fair to taxpayers or law-abiding citizens to allow undocumented immigrants to receive those tuition rates.

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Obama’s Race to the Top Finalists Announced

UPDATE [1/27/11]: President Obama discussed the success of Race to the Top in his State of the Union address on January 25th. “Race to the Top in the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation. For less than one percent of what we spend on education each year, it has led over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning…and Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that’s more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.” Since the program’s initiation, it has help 25,000 schools nationwide and 13.6 million students, according to White House statistics.

School budgets have been stretched tight with the nation’s recent economic recession. Last year in my hometown, Wichita, KS, several schools were forced to give up yearly field trips. And this year, the school district is proposing to do away with driver’s education. Hopefully with Obama’s Race to the Top competition, some states will be able to lessen this financial strain.race to the top

As of July 27, eighteen states and the District of Columbia could win part of the $3.4 billion in education grants to assist in an overhaul of education policies.

In this second round of the competition, federal officials say they anticipate 10 to 15 winners that will receive federal financing. The winning states will be revealed in September.

Here are the 19 finalists: Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »



Maryland Students Ace AP Exams

studying for a testIf you live in Maryland, the College Board’s Advanced Placement tests should not be nearly as intimidating as if you lived anywhere else in the country.

Why?

More high school students in Maryland have taken at least one AP test, and 24.8 percent of students passed the test with a score of at least a three. This is great news for high school students who want to go to college; a three earns college credit at many colleges in the country.

“We have an accelerating number of students taking Advanced Placement,” said Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. “The courses are being taught with fidelity. The students are meeting the expectations of the coursework, and it’s revealed in their performance.”

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Committee Investigates Gender Bias in Maryland Schools

gender symbolsSeveral colleges and universities in Maryland are facing allegations that they are discriminating college applicants based on gender.

The Commission on Civil Rights required six colleges in Maryland to show their admission records to the committee. This is part of an investigation of more than 20 schools across the nation to determine if these schools are admitting more men than women and giving men more generous aid packages.

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