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Kirwan Commission, school reform and the funds we …

Sure, both new schools and renovations are needed but it’s up to the governor to come up with new construction funds. Pitting people who want more effective instruction against the demand for new schools, however, is a diversion; it’s the perfect way for the governor to avoid raising the new revenue that’s surely needed for both.

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Bringing educational and legislative experience to

(8 days ago) The struggle to improve our schools in Prince George's County and other embattled systems throughout the state has to happen at the grass roots -- parents, students, teachers who understand what excellence means for our children's future must build power in school and political systems to make it happen.

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$725 million in new Kirwan school funding passes House

(8 days ago) Lawmakers have put SB1030, dubbed The Education Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, on a fast track. It would infuse an additional $725 million into public schools over the next two years. The heavily amended bill passed the Senate Wednesday on third reading by a vote of 43 to 1. The Senate reduced the amount of spending in the initial legislation.

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How the community school approach leverages all local

(9 days ago) /PM BlogSpace Report/ Building on the momentum of the final Kirwan commission report and Assembly down payment, the move for full funding of our state’s K-12 schools is being augmented by informational town halls around the state.The Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Schools is presenting them, in collaboration with county-level chapters of the …

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School improvement -- or tax dollars for religious

(7 days ago) Some private schools in Maryland belong to the Association of Classical and Christian Schools that was founded by Douglas Wilson, who advocates for exiling gays and executing adulterers. Many private schools in Maryland belong to the Association of Christian Schools International which endorses intelligent design creationism.

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Conservative push for school vouchers harms our …

(2 days ago) The test scores for local public schools could then be compared with the test scores of the private schools that qualify for the vouchers. Vouchers would then be granted to those students attending an eligible private schools only if their local …

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Assembly majority ready to move on Kirwan school

(4 days ago) Dems on School Construction, Kirwan: ‘We Will Move Forward With Both’ /By Danielle E. Gaines <> Maryland Matters/ Maryland’s top legislators vowed on Wednesday to move forward with two multibillion-dollar proposals to improve public education in the state – sweeping reforms proposed by the Kirwan Commission as well as a multi-year school construction blitz.

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Mental health monitoring, access to treatment must begin

(2 days ago) Mental health monitoring, access to treatment must begin in schools Posted by woody woodruff 270.40Pts on February 13, 2018 Statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health are evidence of the importance of implementing psychologists within schools and obtaining more psychologists working in the juvenile justice system, PM's Prince

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Hogan's school schedule move latest in a campaign to

(8 days ago) Although some of these moves are showy, like the mini-circus in Ocean City for his schools schedule announcement, much of this is accomplished through the state agencies that Hogan has peopled with retreads from the Ehrlich administration, of which he was a chief steward. Hogan has, so far, managed to retain remarkable popularity in an

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WV Teachers Tell Us Why Public Schools And Unions Matter

(2 days ago) Make no mistake, the statewide walkout that shut down schools in West Virginia for nine days was a brazen act of mass civil disobedience. West Virginia prohibits collective bargaining, and all teacher contracts are controlled by the state. So getting an agreement from Republican Governor Jim Justice and the GOP-controlled legislature seemed

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Schools reopening, county by county -- the plan up to date

(Just Now) Schools opened this year in Phase 1 – virtual learning for all students, but starting on March 22, CCPS has moved into Phase 2. Phase 2 includes eligible students whose parents opted to send their child to school for in-person learning. Phase 2 students will attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Teacher Pay Dominates Discussion of Proposed Kirwan

(5 days ago) The cost for increasing behavioral health in schools is about $4 per student. Taken together, the new recommendations to include in the foundation formula would increase the statewide per-student figure from about $7,244 currently to $9,180. The foundation amount drives most of the state’s distribution of education funding to counties.

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Teachers across Maryland flexing their political muscle

(1 days ago) State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon was not available for an interview, but in an email to Maryland Matters, suggested teachers have a unique perspective in any education policy debate. “Educator input is an essential part of shaping educational policy in Maryland,” she said.

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As Election Day approaches, strong schools are on the

(5 days ago) As Election Day approaches, strong schools are on the agenda Posted by woody woodruff 270.40Pts on May 30, 2020 Thanks to all who joined us on last Thursday's statewide meeting, focusing on the upcoming Primary Election and what damage Gov. Hogan did to our schools with his veto of the Blueprint for Maryland's Schools.

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Kirwan Commission tackles the big question: education

(6 days ago) The recommendation also includes creation of “inspection teams to visit struggling schools and pair high performing school leaders with struggling ones to provide support and mentorship, and a complementary system designed to provide the state with a profile for every school, and trigger visits from the inspection team.”

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Officials deliberate to fashion MD schools plan amid

(6 days ago) The steps to reopening schools I’m proposing here will only succeed with responsible state leadership. Our state’s 24 educational jurisdictions need to have the state set the tone and provide the necessary resources. Unfortunately, our state’s top leadership has, like the White House, chosen to abdicate virtually all responsibility

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Union, progressive coalition take lead on fair funding for

(3 days ago) Current estimates for the education reforms proposed by the commission would require state funding to steadily increase over the next decade until an additional $2.77 billion in state aid would go to schools in 2030. County budgets would also increase during that time period, up to a cumulative $1.23 billion annually.

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Underfunding our schools is undermining our future

(6 days ago) Underfunding Our Schools Is Undermining Our Future. Gov. Larry Hogan’s move to raise “dark money” to fight school improvement confirms he is appealing to the national GOP electorate and its drive to privatize all things public, starting with the public schools. It fits into his annual attempt to divert more state budget money to vouchers for private schools and de-fund not only public

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Progressive Prince George's kicks off education

(6 days ago) Examining the funding of schools through the lens of inequality In Prince George’s County, we have struggled for decades to overcome the disparity in funding between schools in well-off communities and schools in less well-off communities. Race plays a part. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v.

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BATTLE LINES DRAWN FOR STRUGGLE FOR BETTER SCHOOLS IN …

(1 days ago) “McIntosh said more than half of the state’s African-American students attend schools that are underfunded, while fewer than 10% of white students attend underfunded schools.” It was that finding – no secret to many – that led the Kirwan commission to recommend significant funding increases for high-poverty schools in every

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PG Civic Academy tomorrow charts course for school and

(3 days ago) Community schools are on the agenda for many districts, including Montgomery County, where Progressive Montgomery is similarly engaged. Community schools, a frequently discussed strategy for school systems improvement, are on the radar nationwide and probably best known with the shorthand “wraparound services.”

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KIRWAN COMMISSION LAYS OUT

(3 days ago) kirwan commission lays out tentative numbers: $4.4 b to bring schools up to par Posted by woody woodruff 270.40Pts on December 07, 2018 Commission chair Kirwan "was cautious about the overall price tag for the commission’s work," Danielle Gaines reports in Maryland Matters .

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"Restorative justice" strategies keep kids on track to

(8 days ago) HB 950 – requires the State to make data about high-suspending schools and schools that disproportionately suspend students of color and students with disabilities more accessible to the public. The Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline is a group of advocates, educators, attorneys, community members, and others who are committed to

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Think tank floats tax reform to fund Kirwan education

(7 days ago) /By Danielle E. Gaines<>Maryland Matters/ A Baltimore-based think tank has an idea for how lawmakers can fund the ambitious multi-billion-dollar-annual recommendations of the Kirwan Commission: overhaul the state’s tax system.. The liberal Maryland Center on Economic Policy published a report on Friday outlining ways to change the state’s income tax, corporate tax …

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Nationwide teacher strikes highlight charter schools

(4 days ago) Charter schools also have been defined as “public schools,” both in policy language and political rhetoric, despite the fact that most of the business of operating a charter occurs out of public view, immune to most controls placed on truly public institutions, and governed mostly by appointed boards rather than locally elected officials.

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What School Funding Advocates Should Learn From Midterms

(2 days ago) Similarly in Ohio, 69 percent of levy referendums to raise schools funding passed. In Wisconsin, 55 of 67 local initiatives to raise taxes for schools on ballots across the state were approved, potentially generating as much as $980 in new funding for schools.

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Marching for our lives -- and our communities

(8 days ago) Let’s all stay committed to making our voices heard demanding solutions for ending gun violence in schools and in our communities. Be encouraged that we will have 11,000 students in Anne Arundel County who are eligible to vote in the 2018 elections. They are certainly paying attention to this issue and are not afraid to take on the status quo.

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Progressive Maryland and allies – and Dem leader -- demand

(7 days ago) As the House of Delegates now moves to elect a new Speaker, we urge the body to champion the same values that have moved our state forward: available and affordable health care, world-class public schools, a fair and thriving economy, pristine natural resources, protection from gun violence, a reliable safety net to help those in need, and a

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Bring the School Board Back to the People of Prince George

(6 days ago) The power to select the CEO of Schools (“Superintendent”) and the appointment of the Chairman of the School board would also be at the discretion of the County Executive. This created an environment where the School CEO was basically only accountable to the County Exec.

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State leaders bail on critical education needs

(2 days ago) Overcrowded schools are an issue across the state, and not part of the Kirwan commission’s charge. No appetite for raising taxes . Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch blamed Hogan for not buying into the commission’s recommendations. But Sen. Paul Pinsky, a commission member and incoming chair of the Senate

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Commission debates accountability for schools policy

(2 days ago) Hogan’s advocacy of charters and private religious schools, though often held at bay, put more pressure on that system and necessitated the Kirwan effort to regain lost equity’ As the most recent debates indicate, the independence of decision-makers in education policy is critical to a really accountable outcome. Read on…

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Arrest powers are not appropriate for nonviolent school

(9 days ago) Our schools are being turned into prisons because our entire society is functioning with a zero-tolerance mentality. The new administration in Washington, DC has created hate to be the new normal, while social norms are becoming more and more eroded.

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Potential big changes in state education funding

(9 days ago) The commission consensus is to recruit the best and brightest students from high school, train them at the best universities, mentor them like apprentices, and then send them out to schools, giving them a career ladder to be master teachers paid at the level of other professions.

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Legislators with teaching backgrounds bring big-picture

(Just Now) The recommendation for a “community schools model” would address the needs of students living in poverty, providing “wrap-around services” such as wellness centers and social workers, some educator/legislators say. Expanding pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds, another commission recommendation, would also ensure low-income students arrive

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"Enough is Enough" -- Prince George's faces deep crises in

(4 days ago) Clearer communication between schools and parents/families when incidents occur on school grounds. With the exposure of yet another scandal in our school system it's time to say enough is enough! Education is the civil rights issue of our time -- and in Prince George’s County, the civil rights of our students, parents, and employees are under

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PAC ad battle drags Hogan's terrible record on education

(7 days ago) PAC ad battle drags Hogan's terrible record on education out of shadows. Larry Hogan's miserable record on the state's education effort, masked by his well-funded and untruthful ad campaign, is now being unmasked by a PAC that is finally getting Ben Jealous's excellent alternatives -- and Hogan's failure -- on the air and out in the open.

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Opinion: Coronavirus is Perpetuated by Segregation

(5 days ago) /By Avery Smedley/ This pandemic makes it glaringly clear, now more than ever, segregation is a public health crisis. It’s no coincidence we’re seeing cases like Chicago, where black residents make up 30% of the population but 72% of the city’s coronavirus deaths.

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Right-wing money lashes back at activist, striking

(4 days ago) In Arizona, a libertarian think tank sent letters to school district superintendents threatening them with lawsuits if they didn’t reopen closed schools and order striking teachers to return to work.

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Prince George's teachers face struggle against local

(4 days ago) “The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association will hold a protest after school on Wednesday [May 8], as the union and Prince George’s County Public Schools remain in contract negotiations. “The union said teachers have been undervalued and underpaid by …

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Assembly aims to adjust Kirwan plan to tackle post-COVID

(2 days ago) But Allison Perkins-Cohen, chief of staff of Baltimore City Public Schools, argued that Baltimore City schools have been underfunded by $290 million a year under the current funding formula. There is a strong correlation between funding and student performance, she said.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 29, 2019

(2 days ago) Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 29, 2019. Building power with Medicare for All (hellooo, Steny!) and strengthening our schools in the Kirwan framework of community schools. Read all about it, and more, in the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo. Building power happens everywhere and all the time.

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THE WAY FORWARD FOR PROGRESSIVES IN TRUMP’S WAKE

(4 days ago) Kudos to the many communities, law enforcement officials, and school districts – including Montgomery County Public Schools – that have stated that they will not participate or provide any assistance to federal actions to arrest immigrants. Although Trump has not called for a Muslim registry, he has not ruled one out either.

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Can Hogan lead in Maryland while dancing to national GOP

(7 days ago) He decided that the data did not support in-person instruction in private and parochial schools until at least Oct. 1. While many private school parents were no doubt disappointed by the ruling, Dr. Gayles is no political flunky or teachers union lackey, as the right-wing commentariat would have one believe (in Maryland, his is an apolitical

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