Battling Icy Boulevards with Beet Juice

A new proposal in the Michigan legislature would launch a pilot program studying the use of organic additives such as juice from sugar beets in order to better control ice on public roads. The legislation would not require the beet-juice solution to replace traditional road salt, but mix with it in order to create a sticky substance that more effectively adheres to the roads for a longer period of time. Supporters say this would also…

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Millions of Gifted Children Overlooked in the U.S.

A report out of Purdue University's Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER2I), as many as 3.6 million gifted children are being overlooked in U.S. public schools. Researchers found this number by applying the 10 percent average (of classified gifted students) to the roughly 4 of 10 schools that had identified no gifted students at all. GER2I adjusted the number for the many Latinx, African American, Native American/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students who…

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Autonomous Shuttle Research Expanding Onto Public Roads

After extensive review, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) granted Robotic Research a Highly-Automated Vehicle (HAV) permit for Olli, an autonomous electric shuttle that is driven by Robotic Research's AutoDrive technology. The HAV permit for Olli will allow for continuation of research and testing of autonomous vehicle capabilities and technology on a half-mile stretch of public roadway between two office locations in Montgomery County. This will be the second deployment of Olli in Maryland, but…

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Institute Warns of Debt From School Construction “Supercharging”

As legislative leaders tout plans to commit long term bonds to fast track billions in school construction projects, some worry about affordability. After failure in the 2019 session due to fiscal concerns in the Senate, legislative leadership announced the 2020 return of the Build to Learn Act, a $2.2 billion school construction and renovation bill. The Maryland Stadium Authority would issue bonds to cover the school construction spending and would be paid back over 20…

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Join Secretary Rona Kramer at Women of MACo Reception
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Join Secretary Rona Kramer at Women of MACo Reception

Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Rona Kramer will be the special guest speaker for #MACoCon's Women of MACo Reception on December 4. The Women of MACo chapter organization provides a forum for female elected and appointed officials and professionals to network and discuss topics related to being a female leader. All conference participants are invited to attend this reception and hear from Secretary Kramer. Secretary Kramer will be also discussing the Maryland Community for Life…

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Send in Questions for #MACoCon Kirwan Panel

The general session of #MACoCon will be answering your questions on school funding and the Kirwan Commission. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) Breaking Down the Blueprint: School Funding in Focus Description: As the generational debate about school funding continues, join our panel for a hearty discussion on Kirwan – its goals, steps, accountability, and costs. Panelists will…

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Learn to Save a Life with Overdose and CPR Training at #MACoCon

Join in and learn how to save a life! MACo’s Winter Conference will offer an interactive training session on hands-only CPR and administering Naloxone. “Stayin’ Alive” - Learn to Save a Life with Naloxone Training for Opioid Overdoses and Hands-Only CPR Receive in-person, hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with Naloxone. This prescription medication can safely and effectively reverse an opioid overdose. Participants will receive a certificate and a kit…

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Send in Questions for MACoCon School Construction Panel

The opening roundtable of #MACoCon will be answering your questions on school construction and what the future holds for Maryland schools. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) Change Order: Is a Shift in School Construction Funding on the Way? Description The 2020 General Assembly Session promises to be a year of change for school construction. Major legislation, first…

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15 Maryland High Schools on Best STEM High School List

Newsweek released a list of the best 500 high schools in America for STEM and 15 of them are located in Maryland. STEM refers to the grouping of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses. From Maryland Matters: “Children are natural STEM students. They love to explore,” Newsweek Global Editor in Chief Nancy Cooper said in a statement with the rankings. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity and creativity aren’t lost along the way.” Among…

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School Boards, Counties Raise Concerns with School Construction Proposals

MACo and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) submitted letters to the School Facilities Assessment and Funding Workgroup for consideration before the Workgroup adopts its final recommendations on November 19, 2019. Both MACo and MABE identified several major policy concerns with the draft report’s recommendations and believe that the Workgroup should defer any final funding and policy recommendations until the statewide school facilities assessment has been completed. MACo's letter focused on a few…

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