Anne Arundel Co. Exec Pittman Signs Bill on Minimum Wage Increase, Benefits for Construction Workers

Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman signed a bill into law to establish a minimum wage and benefits for construction trade employees. Pittman signed into law Bill 72-21, passed by the county council on October 4, along party lines. Prior, Pittman, County Council members, and labor unions advocated for increased wages and benefits for construction trade professionals that do business with the county. Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, Charles, and Prince George’s counties have all implemented…

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Maryland HBCUs Partner with BGE on $600K in STEM Scholarships

BGE has partnered with three historically Black universities in Maryland -- Coppin State University, Bowie State University, and Morgan State University -- to provide a combined $600K in scholarships to students in STEM majors. The three schools will each receive a $200,000 total grant, of which $150,000 will fund $10,000 scholarships to 15 full-time STEM majors through the BGE Scholars Program. The additional $50,000 will be used for “persistence grants” available to any student to cover…

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Howard to Host School Bus Driver Hiring Fair Tomorrow
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Howard to Host School Bus Driver Hiring Fair Tomorrow

Howard County will host a school bus driver hiring fair on Friday, October 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Wilde Lake High School Cafeteria. As Howard County and the rest of the state continue to face school bus driver shortages, Howard County Public Schools (HCPS) is hosting a school bus driver hiring fair to fill vacancies and accelerate hiring. From a HCPS press release: No registration is required to attend the event. Attendees are encouraged (but not…

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Applications for Montgomery County Grant Relief for On-Boarding Workers Now Open

WorkSource Montgomery is accepting applications for grant rewards to businesses impacted by COVID-19 through October 29. The Grant Relief for On-Boarding Workers (GROW) program grants will cover 50-75% of a new employee's salary for the 12 weeks of employment. According to WorkSource Montgomery's website: Grants will be awarded upon receipt of verification of employment. New employees must be a resident of Montgomery County and start within 30 days of the grant application date. The grant…

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Anne Arundel Board of Ed Approves $7.4M Plan to Address School Bus Driver Issues
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Anne Arundel Board of Ed Approves $7.4M Plan to Address School Bus Driver Issues

Yesterday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved $7.4 million budget plan proposed by Superintendent George Arlotto to increase bus driver pay and provide other incentives in an attempt to address the current shortage. As Anne Arundel County continues to face school bus driver shortages and labor challenges, the County Board of Education is moving on a plan to utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to attract and retain drivers. Central to the plan is a…

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And the Winner Is… Baltimore County’s Brianna Ross Named Maryland Teacher of the Year

On October 7, the Maryland State Board of Education (MSDE) announced Baltimore County middle school teacher Brianna Ross as the 2021-2022 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Last night was the 31st celebration of the Maryland Teacher of the Year program recognizing exemplary elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are excellent instructors and education leaders in their schools and communities. Ross, a social studies teacher at Deer Park Middle Magnet School, was honored as the statewide Teacher…

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Bowie State University Awarded Nearly $10 M in ARPA Funds to Improve Health IT, COVID Data Collection

Bowie State University was recently awarded $9,899,758 in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding to improve COVID-19 data collection and boost participation of underrepresented communities in the public health workforce through the Public Health Information and Technology (PHIT) Workforce program. The nearly $10 million in funding is awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the American Rescue Plan. According to a Bowie State University press release: The university is one of 10…

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Anne Arundel Passes Minimum Wage Increase, Benefits for Construction Workers

On Monday, October 4, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a bill to establish a minimum wage and benefits for construction trade employees in a 4 -3 vote along partisan lines. County Executive Steuart Pittman, County Council members and labor unions advocated for increased wages and benefits for construction trade professionals that do business with the county. Some council members raised concerns during debate on Bill 72-21 about how passing such a measure would effect…

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Hogan Meets Deadline, Selects AIB Members, Despite Concerns Over Diversity

On Friday, October 1, Governor Larry Hogan appointed seven members to oversee the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future education reform implementation, making the deadline. Hogan had until October 1 to appoint seven members from a slate of nine nominees for consideration. He appointed the following education leaders to the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB), as reported by Maryland Manners: Isiah “Ike” Leggett, former Montgomery County executive and currently a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, who was…

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UMBC Launches New Institute to Study Climate Change Under NSF Grant

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) professor Maryam Rahnemoonfar is heading up research under a $13 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to analyze data on melting polar ice and what it means for sea-level rise.  Last month, the NSF announced a $75 million investment to establish five new Harnessing the Data Revolution Institutes, one of which --  the NSF Institute for Harnessing Data and Model Revolution in the Polar Regions, or iHARP -- will be…

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