Maryland State Arts Council

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland educators are launching an advertising campaign to reduce standardized testing requirements.

The campaign kicking off Monday is called "Less Testing, More Learning." It includes 10 teachers and education support professionals from across the state who talk about concerns about too much testing.

Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, says standardized testing takes far too much time away from learning.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A study commissioned by the Maryland State Arts Council underscores the economic benefit of local arts and entertainment districts.

The council said Wednesday that the Towson University study found that arts districts in 20 communities supported about 5,100 jobs paying $149 million in wages in fiscal year 2013. Most of the jobs were linked to visitor spending at district events.