Maryland Gov. Hogan announces proposals for school construction and improving low-rated schools

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced two proposals Thursday that he says will improve public education in the state by building new schools and providing opportunities for creativity in turning around low-rated schools. “Education has been and will continue to be our administration’s highest priority because I believe very strongly that every single child in Maryland deserves a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in," Hogan, a Republican, said during a State House news conference. (Balt Sun)

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School in August? Some Maryland school systems are going for earlier start dates.

In recent years, school leaders in Maryland have had little choice about when they would hold the first day of classes. It had to be after Labor Day, in keeping with an executive order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in 2016. But a new state law has upended the Hogan order, returning decision-making power to local officials. So as school systems draw up academic calendars for 2020-2021, the idea of opening in August is back — with some systems considering start dates a week before Labor Day, even two weeks. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan Hammers Message of Accountability With School Takeover Plan

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced a plan on Thursday to allow local residents to take over schools that receive failing grades in the state’s education accountability system.  It was Hogan’s latest attempt to hammer home the message that he believes education reform in the state must begin with numerous accountability measures. Hogan said he will introduce the “Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools Act” in the 2020 legislative session to address what he sees as a lack of accountability in state education law. (Md. Matters)

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Former Baltimore City School Business Manager Pleads Guilty To Theft Of School Funds

A former teacher and business manager of Mergenthaler Vocational Techincal High School pleaded guilty Thursday to the theft of Baltimore City school funds. Danean Cunningham admitted to stealing about $9,999.99 from Mergenthaler Vocational Techincal High School while employed as the school’s business manager by depositing monies made payable to the school into her personal bank account. As Business Manager, Cunningham was responsible for the collection, recordation and deposit of all school monies. (WJZ-TV)

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Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Award For University Of Maryland Sea Grant Program

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced Thursday the award of $1,564,898 for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Sea Grant Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Maryland Sea Grant funds scientific research related to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources with practical applications benefitting Maryland industries, economies and conservation groups. (WJZ-TV)

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Sheriff Launches Educational Videos On Opioid Addiction

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Department is ramping up the battle against opioid addiction with a promised series of videos aimed at ending the scourge and getting help to those who need it the most. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office this week released the first of a promised series of videos aimed at eliminating, or at least reducing, the opioid addiction crisis in the local area and throughout the state. (Dispatch)

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Baltimore mayor plans to use budget surplus for school construction

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young plans to use the city’s projected budget surplus to help fund a massive school infrastructure plan, his spokesman said Wednesday. The mayor’s pledge comes roughly a month before the General Assembly session begins. The first bill expected to be introduced by lawmakers in Annapolis would dramatically increase funding for public school construction. (Balt. Sun)

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Report Card Data ‘Cause For Celebration’ In Worcester

Data released this week shows that Worcester County schools continue to rank high at the state level. Maryland Report Card data released Tuesday included ratings for nine Worcester County Schools. Seven of them received four-star ratings while two — Stephen Decatur Middle School and Snow Hill High School — received five-star ratings. (Dispatch)

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