The Four-Day Work Week: All the Wage?

Across the world, communities are grappling with worker dissatisfaction, hiring and retention challenges, and new demands in the workplace. To meet the moment, employers are getting creative with the benefits and workplace environments they are offering. One such new trend is the trial of a four-day work week.  Shorter, fully-paid work weeks are becoming trendy pilots around the country to offer employees greater work-life-balance, more flexibility, and added benefits during a particularly competitive employment market. Models vary, with some…

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Caroline Selects Two New Students Members for Board of Education

The Caroline County Board of Education will welcome two new Student Representatives for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. At the June meeting of the Caroline County Board of Education, the Board welcomed two new Student Representatives for the new school year. Shelbi Briggs of Colonel Richardson High School and Leslie Monter-Casio of North Caroline High School will represent the county's public school students before the Board during the 2022-2023 school year. The two student members will begin attending…

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State Department of Labor Received $1.2 M for Workforce Programs

The Maryland Department of Labor was awarded more than $1.2 million in state funds to grow its Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program. The Maryland Department of Labor's EARN program is a  workforce solution that helps businesses cultivate the skilled workforce they need to compete while preparing Marylanders for meaningful careers.The $1.2 million award was announced on June 13 by Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson. According to a Department press release: EARN Maryland awards funding to…

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Anne Arundel Won’t Offer Before-School Programs As Part of New Start Times

Anne Arundel County Schools will not hold before-school programs for the 2022-2023 school year, as part of the county's greater strategy to sink school start times with the natural sleeping cycle of adolescents. The upcoming 2022-2023 school year will not only see a shift in start and end times for students in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), but also for the programs and extracurricular activities offered to them. In October 2021, Anne Arundel County officially approved later…

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Dr. Mark Bedell Selected as Anne Arundel Superintendent

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has chosen Dr. Mark Bedell to lead the county's public schools. Dr. Bedell -- currently leading Kansas City Public Schools -- has ties to the county. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is likely to make a formal appointment announcement at a special meeting this week. The Board will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, to formally vote on Dr. Bedell’s appointment. The meeting will be…

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Secretary Cardona Unveils U.S. Plan to Elevate Teaching

U.S Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona laid out a new nationwide strategy to support and elevate the teaching profession as the sector struggles with hiring and retention. At a June 9 address and fireside chat at the Bank Street College of Education in New York, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona unveiled a new plan to recruit, prepare, and retain great teachers as states across the country struggle to do so. The department's vision focuses…

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Pandemic Free School Lunches Likely to Come to an End

During the COVID-19 pandemic, expanded federal waivers provided free school lunches, year-round, for every American schoolchild. Congress has failed to reauthorize those waivers, paving the way for a catastrophic uptick in child hunger. For the last 2+ years, American school kids, regardless of family financial circumstances, enjoyed free school lunches via a program to expand the benefit to all children during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Congress enabled the United…

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June 8 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on June 8, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $162,900 from the Program Open Space funding allocated…

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Anne Arundel Hosting Community Dialogue Series

Anne Arundel County will host Making The Best Place For All Community Summit Series around the county in the coming weeks. County Executive Steuart Pittman and the county government team will meet with county residents in communities across the county in a conversational summit series to discuss community needs and policy. The series will take place at each of the county's nine regions; details are below. A county press release reads: Join County Executive Steuart…

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EPA Offering $500 M in Rebates for “Greener” School Buses
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EPA Offering $500 M in Rebates for “Greener” School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $500 million in rebates for local jurisdictions to replace aging fossil fuel busses with cleaner, greener vehicles. The rebates will be administered via the new Clean School Bus (CSB) program and are the first funding opportunity under the program. The program was established by the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and is funded at $5 billion over the next five years.The CSB program was authorized to help replace existing…

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