State to Award Additional $155 M in Child Care Stabilization Grants

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced that an additional $155 million in Child Care Stabilization Grants will be distributed to licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers across Maryland to help ease the financial burdens of COVID-19.  The grants (which are federal funds) are part of the $309 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief funding for investment in the State’s child care system to ensure providers are economically stable and that safe, high quality, and affordable…

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Washington Co. Opens Applications for Business Development Grants

Today, Washington County reopened applications for the Online Sales and Telework Opportunities Grant Program, a grant program "intended to assist businesses in setting up an online sales framework and offer employees telework opportunities." According to the County Department of Business Development: Applications will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 4, 2021, until 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. No applications will be accepted after 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.  Total funds provided to Washington County,…

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17 Baltimore Co. Schools Receive Environmental Competition Grants

On Tuesday, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced the results of the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge and the distribution of $22,000 in grants awarded to 17 schools. After two years of cleanup projects, 17 public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in 406 litter clean-ups that collected 3,391 bags of trash around the County, for a total of 57,862 pounds of litter and debris. According to a County press release: 'Over…

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State Board of Ed Talks COVID Mitigation, Student Poverty, and the Blueprint

The State Board of Education met on September 28 at the Baltimore offices of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The monthly meeting had a full agenda, ranging from student COVID-19 mitigation and virtual learning to student poverty and the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. The State Board heard from a variety of leaders in education, with the first-half of the all-day meeting featuring staff presentations on pressing policy issues. Staff presentations included: Professional Standards…

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IAC Releases FY 2021 Maintenance Report on Public Schools

The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) published the FY 2021 Maintenance of Maryland’s Public School Buildings Report, detailing an overview of maintenance assessments conducted at selected schools in each Maryland public school system. The report provides an overview of all Maryland public schools, based on a sampling of 268 schools from around the state, as well as county-specific profiles on the conditions of school facilities. (The overview begins on page 16 and the county-specific…

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Committee Declines to Revisit Blueprint Accountability Nominations
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Committee Declines to Revisit Blueprint Accountability Nominations

The Nominating Committee said it will not reopen nomination applications for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future's Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) following concerns about diversity. On September 10, Governor Hogan sent a letter to the committee requesting it reopen applications in order to attract a more diverse pool of candidates for the AIB, which will oversee the state's ambitious educational plan, "Blueprint for Maryland's Future." The Nominating Committee declined Hogan's request in a September 17…

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School Facilities Workgroup Considers Proposed Categories for School Facility Assessments

The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities had a substantive discussion on September 22, with conversation focusing on a proposed set of 9 categories on how to assess the condition of school facilities. The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, created by 2021 legislation, held its third meeting virtually this week. The majority of the conversation focused on the Facility Condition Index (FCI) and educational facilities sufficiency standards along…

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Counties Now Have Until Oct. 10 to Work with State on COVID Testing in Schools

Counties now have until October 10 to apply for state aid to help with preventative COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools.  Today, the State Department of Health (MDH) notified local school and health leaders that the state was extending the application deadline to collaborate with the state on COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools. The Screening Testing Program was launched in July by MDH and the State Department of Education (MSDE). To date, 18 school systems have…

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MSDE Awards $4.2M to Schools to Provide Fresh Food to Kids
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MSDE Awards $4.2M to Schools to Provide Fresh Food to Kids

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) awarded 180 elementary schools $4.2 million of a USDA grant to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables. The program and funds, made available by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), expand student access to fresh fruits and vegetables in participating elementary schools. According to an MSDE press release: 'Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of basic nutrition that every child…

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Anne Arundel to Require Vaccines or Testing for Staff and Athletes

Anne Arundel County Superintendent Arlotto announced that all public schools will require staff and high school athletes to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. Schools Superintendent George Arlotto made the announcement yesterday. “We still need to finalize some parts of the plan, but announcing an effective date now allows our employees and families of our high school students to begin to either gather the necessary information or become fully vaccinated by…

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