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Opinion: Charm City Children Deserve Better Schools

Baltimore City Public Schools are failing their 80,000 students at an exorbitantly-high cost. State and local taxpayers spend nearly $16,000 per pupil on education, placing Baltimore in the top five nationally for highest-spending school systems. Yet Fox Baltimore reports, “Since 2018, … graduation rates have dropped to 70%; and the college enrollment rate is down […]

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State Board of Education to Vote on In-School Masking

(5 days ago) Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudury said that he was looking to see if he had legal backing to deny school systems’ COVID-19 plans if they follow all of the State Department of Education and Department of Health recommendations except for …

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Lawmakers Restructure the Role of School Police and

(2 days ago) After a wave of protests and nationwide focus on police brutality and racism, Maryland legislators are rethinking disciplinary measures in public schools, particularly the role of uniformed officers in schools. House Bill 522 would expand the required training for assigned police in schools, called school resource officers, to include restorative approaches.

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How Are Maryland Schools Reopening

(1 days ago) By Elizabeth Shwe · Oct 23, 2020 · 2 mins to read

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Opinion: Is School Re-Opening Debate About COVID or

(3 days ago) When Gov. Larry Hogan was accused of threatening teachers for stating there is no longer a public health reason to keep school closed, and for giving schools a deadline to re-open in March, an entire year after schools initially closed, Cheryl Bost, the leader of the Maryland State Education Association, called the governor’s statements about

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Report: Maryland Teacher Recertification Process Should …

(Just Now) This year, Baltimore City Public Schools allocated $2.1 million for tuition reimbursement, according to its budget. The 2019 Commission on Innovation and Excellence interim report found that Maryland local school districts directly spend $52.8 million annually on professional development, only some of which count towards teacher certification.

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State Report Card: 189 Five-Star Schools, Most Are In the

(6 days ago) The number of Maryland schools earning the highest and lowest rankings in a state accountability system are down, and the number of schools ranking squarely in the middle is up, according to new figures released by the Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday. The 2019 Maryland School Report Card, which provides detailed information on […]

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Opinion: Adequate School Funding Matters, And Md. Has

(7 days ago) This “adequacy gap” was used to help develop a new equitable statewide formula that was codified into law in 2002. Huge investments were made into education and the adequacy gap shrunk from $1.09 billion in 2002 to $0.1 billion by 2008. Sadly, this was the closest Maryland would ever come to adequately funding its public schools.

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Josh Kurtz: School Inequality Is Only Going to Get Worse

(4 days ago) For more than two decades, the achievement gap in public schools, between white students and students of color, has vexed educators, politicians and community leaders in Maryland and across the U.S. But if you think the achievement gap has been bad for as long as you can remember, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The COVID-19 …

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Some Counties Push to Remove Police From Schools — But Who

(5 days ago) The budget for the program, according to Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of Howard County Public Schools, comes from the Howard County Police Department. But the decision to remove officers from schools lies with the county board of education, he said at a joint meeting in October. “We had discussion[s] before.

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A Proposed New Education Formula: What’s Inside

(9 days ago) The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup voted on proposed changes to Maryland’s education funding formulas on Tuesday. The formulas will help guide $4 billion in state education spending for the next decade, directing additional money to early education, special education and schools with high numbers of children living in poverty.

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Parents Raise Concerns Over Proposed School Reopening

(1 days ago) Baltimore City Public Schools’ reopening plan for the upcoming school year is designed to provide families with choices and to prioritize safety, schools CEO Sonja Santelises said during a virtual town hall Thursday. In her presentation, Santelises outlined two options that families can choose for the fall: an all-virtual school year or a hybrid model.

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Hogan Makes Deadline for Naming Members to Education

(9 days ago) Harry Preston V, a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher, and Joshua Starr, the chief executive officer of Phi Delta Kappa International, a nonprofit membership organization for K-12 educators and previously the superintendent of Montgomery County Schools from 2011 to 2015, were the two nominees who were not chosen.

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Opinion: A Chance to Better Teach

(1 days ago) As we celebrate Black History Month, we should remember to acknowledge the many accomplishments of African Americans during Reconstruction and, more importantly, commit to better teach this era in our public schools. Traditionally, Reconstruction — the period between 1865-1877 when the states that had seceded during the Civil War were reintegrated back into the Union […]

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Md. School Leaders Find Disproportionate Number of

(Just Now) Maryland schools with the poorest students and the highest number of minority students have fewer educators than other schools and a disproportionate number of inexperienced teachers. A new state report card for the 2018-2019 school year, released Tuesday by the Maryland State Department of Education, showed that schools with the most low-income students had 5,981 […]

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Opinion: Fomenting Fear and Division in Montgomery County

(Just Now) Schools with portable classrooms sit next to schools with empty classrooms, which represents a tremendous waste of public resources. At the same time, racial and economic segregation has grown in recent years. Many schools in the eastern part of Montgomery County enroll mostly African American and Latino students while many toward the west of

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Virginia McGraw Named New Maryland Association of Boards

(7 days ago) The Maryland Association of Boards of Education has sworn in Virginia “Ginny” McGraw, a retired Charles County Public Schools principal, as its new president. “Ginny’s track record of leadership and commitment to quality public education speaks for itself,” Tammy Fraley, outgoing president of MABE, said in a statement. “Her direct experience for decades in schools […]

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Lawmakers Push to Replace School Police with Counselors

(9 days ago) “Compare this with the fact that City Schools employs only 44 school nurses, about 140 school psychologists, less than 100 school counselors and under 200 school social workers.” “If a hammer is the only tool that you have, then everything looks like a nail,” Johnstone asserted Tuesday.

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Teachers' Unions, Parents Urge State to Begin School Year

(9 days ago) Maryland teachers’ unions and the state PTA are calling on the state to begin the school year fully online. The Maryland State Education Association, Baltimore Teachers Union and Maryland PTA penned a joint letter to state officials on Tuesday, asking for the upcoming school year to start with virtual learning for at least the first semester.

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House Passes Education Reform Bill Three Years in the

(4 days ago) Montgomery County Public Schools face the largest local spending increase in raw dollar figures: $234.4 million in 2030, when the county’s school funding obligation would rise to more than $2.1 billion. The local obligation in Prince George’s County would increase by 20%, or about $183.5 million more than required by the current formula.

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Breaking Down the Blueprint Bill – Maryland Matters

(6 days ago) According to the new fiscal note, available Monday morning, state aid to public schools is expected to increase by $2.6 billion annually by 2030; counties would be expected to collectively pay $1.3 billion more annually by 2030. Jones stressed that the first three years of the bill are already covered. Ferguson acknowledged that lawmakers will

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State Superintendent to Stay Put as Decision on Keeping

(1 days ago) State Superintendent to Stay Put as Decision on Keeping Schools Closed Is Pending. By. Danielle E. Gaines. -. March 24, 2020. Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon, with Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) behind her. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines. The Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to extend the

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Opinion: Hogan Refuses to Lead on Indoor Masking

(3 days ago) Former U.S. Education Secretary John King, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, talks with Maryland’s new State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines. Parents and families rightly want a safe, sensible and efficient plan as we return to school.

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What Might Schools Look Like Next Fall

(2 days ago) The recovery plan for public schools will be updated as information changes, Salmon said Wednesday. Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association and a Baltimore County elementary school teacher, said Wednesday that closing schools for the year was the right decision for health and safety, but called it a sad day.

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Anne Arundel Superintendent Addresses Bus Driver Shortages

(5 days ago) Anne Arundel County Public Schools is about 60 bus drivers short, which is a 9% shortage, Arlotto told lawmakers. But he said the number fluctuates and some bus drivers have been absent because they are in COVID-19 quarantine or on sick leave. The county’s driver shortage matches the trend in schools across the nation, as most school

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Workgroup's Challenge: Assess the State of State School

(1 days ago) There are nearly 1,400 active schools in the state with more than 140 million square feet. The total asset value of state schools is estimated at $55.3 billion – more than the value of the state highway system. Over a 20-year period, the state and counties paid a combined average of $1.9 billion a year on school construction and maintenance

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Lawmakers, Advocates Hope New Superintendent Will

(5 days ago) Maryland lawmakers and education leaders say they are looking forward to a reinvigoration of the state’s public school system with the announcement of a new state superintendent of schools, Mohammed Choudhury. But lawmakers also warn that Choudhury is undertaking a difficult job, especially coming from out-of-state. A San Antonio schools administrator, Choudhury will start his […]

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State School Board Discusses Fully Reopening in Fall

(7 days ago) A month after passing a resolution directing all schools to return to in-person learning for a full 180-day school year starting in the fall, a few state school board members said they are worried that some local school systems will not comply without a stringent …

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Study: Kirwan Benefits Would Exceed Costs by 2034

(2 days ago) Some business leaders in Maryland are pressing for full funding of the Kirwan Commission multibillion-dollar education reform plan ― arguing that it makes good business sense. In a report released Tuesday, Strong Schools Maryland, which has been courting support of business leaders in the state, argues that the reforms will yield a return on investment of […]

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More than 17,000 Students Across the State Have

(9 days ago) Since the school year began, more than 17,000 students in Maryland public schools have been quarantined due to close contact with COVID-19, according to a presentation by the state’s department of education to the state’s school board Tuesday. School districts in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties each have […]

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U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Visits Baltimore

(5 days ago) The roadmap advises that schools follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, which recommends “universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status” and at …

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Cash for Kirwan Commission Grants Is Flowing to Local

(1 days ago) Schools with 80 percent or more students qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunches were eligible for the grants. The grant provides $248,333 for each eligible school, which must then employ a community schools coordinator and a health care practitioner, according to the bill.

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Opinion: My Failures as a White Teacher Confronting Racism

(8 days ago) On May 30, the superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Dr. George Arlotto, released a statement addressing the killing of George Floyd and racist comments posted by students on social media after Mr. Floyd was killed. “Over the last two days, we have been made aware of and are investigating reports of hate-filled, inappropriate […]

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Opinion: School Board Candidate Responds to 'Outrageous

(9 days ago) I agree that diversity is an important factor, but I believe the board should also equally consider the other three factors when assigning children to schools. By the new Policy FAA logic, students could be required to attend schools that are farther away from home solely to make a school’s population more diverse.

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House Republicans Aim to Address School Accountability

(9 days ago) House Republicans introduced a number of bills poised to address disciplinary and accountability issues in Maryland public schools. Between funding implementation for the recommended Kirwan education reforms and school facilities construction legislation, education is at the forefront of the 2020 legislative session.

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Safety Procedures, Video Monitoring Increase in Md. Schools

(1 days ago) In Maryland, there have been eight incidents of gunfire on school grounds in high schools and one in an elementary school since 2013, according to an Everytown for Gun Safety study. At Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, in March 2018, a teen fatally shot one student, injured another and killed himself.

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Q&A with New State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury

(5 days ago) The schools I taught at — we would do great things for students, and they would go off to the next school. But then somewhere across that pre-K to 12 spectrum, some of the kids would fall off. They would get lost in the system or that success would get set back, and I told myself — I need to be in the rooms where these decisions are being

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Superintendents Urge Offering Option for Fully Virtual

(5 days ago) There are also regional differences. Garrett County is a rural area which has had only 10 coronavirus cases so far, Barbara Baker, superintendent of Garrett public schools, said. In Garrett County, 83% of parents said they would like to send their children back to school regardless of what stage of recovery Maryland is in.

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The No Man's Land of Childhood Hunger – Maryland Matters

(Just Now) Baltimore has 172 schools and 170 of them have the CEP program. The two without the CEP do no t qualify because they fall below the 40% requirement. But the Baltimore County school system, which is literally a stone’s throw away from Baltimore City, is the mirror opposite. It has 167 schools but only four use the CEP.

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State Ed. Board Mandates Average of 3.5 Hours of Live

(4 days ago) The Maryland State Board of Education Tuesday approved a measure to require all school systems to have an average of 3.5 hours a day of live virtual learning by the end of 2020. State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon emphasized that this standard is to ensure equity and consistency for all students across the […]

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10 Issues for the 2020 General Assembly

(1 days ago) The Kirwan Commission recommendations would reform state education policies to expand pre-kindergarten, provide more services in schools with high concentrations of poverty, increase salaries for teachers and bolster career and technical education programs. The reworking of the education system would come at a cost, estimated at an additional

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Van Hollen Leading Senate Push to Close Digital Divide for

(1 days ago) “With schools limiting in-person instruction to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the ongoing public health crisis, a waiver is necessary to provide students with the broadband internet connectivity they require to participate in virtual classroom education during the 2020-21 school year,” said the petition filed by Colorado

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The Number of Students Engaged With Distance Learning

(1 days ago) In late May, the state released data from a survey on how students in Maryland’s local school districts were engaging with distance learning since schools closed on March 13. However, the Maryland State Department of Education did not immediately include how specific school districts answered each question, which several educators, advocates and policymakers argued was […]

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Kalman Hettleman: The Existential Threat to Public

(5 days ago) Public schools must confront the immense learning loss suffered by almost all students, and low-income students in particular. And the pandemic is still causing unprecedented uncertainties and risks. Even scientists can’t reliably predict the course of the virus and its variants.

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Blueprint Accountability Board Nominating Committee

(2 days ago) The primary responsibility of the seven-member board is to hold all state and local entities accountable in implementing the goals of the Blueprint — which include expanding pre-kindergarten programs, increasing funding for schools with higher concentrations of poverty, boosting pay and career opportunities for teachers and providing more

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Workgroup for State Funding Formulas Named – Maryland Matters

(6 days ago) A core group of 13 people will meet over the next several months to recommend new state funding formulas for K-12 public schools. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) announced the 13-member Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup on Wednesday. The panel will be […]

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Kirwan Commission Blesses Education Funding Formula

(4 days ago) Reforms proposed by the Kirwan Commission include expanding career and early education programs, increasing salaries and other supports for state teachers, and providing additional resources in schools with high concentrations of poverty. Under a newly proposed education formula that a majority of the commission voted for on Thursday, state

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