Maryland Ranks #2 in Most Educated State List

A new study ranks Maryland as the second most educated state in the country, right behind Massachusetts. Maryland was also ranked second for "highest percentage of graduate- or professional-degree holders." In the study, WalletHub examined the key factors of a well-educated population and compared all 50 states across 18 metrics. From Fox 45 News: The ranking is based on two factors: "educational attainment" and "quality of education." Maryland was ranked third and second in those,…

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New Term Helping Students Path to Success?

The label 'at-risk' is falling out of favor in the education field and being replaced with 'at-promise' to help lower stigmatizing students. As of January 1, California has replaced 'at-risk' in all educational and penal codes with 'at-promise,' While supporters argue that this term is less negative, there is criticism that it is still vague and not specific enough to drive effective policy. From Education Week: Despite the wide usage of at-risk, the term has…

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Impact of Frederick County’s Change to Charter Government

Frederick County made the switch from a board of commissioners model to a county charter in 2014, establishing a seven member County Council and the county executive. The reasoning behind this was for Frederick County to get a bigger seat at the table when it came to bargaining power and access. Viewpoints differ, but many believe this has given Frederick County more authority, including Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. From Frederick News Post: Frederick County…

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MA Reporting Gains Due to Preschool Expansion

In 2014, Massachusetts was one of 13 states to receive funds for expansion through the Preschool Development Grant program. A recently released study reports positive impacts on young children's early academic performance, especially in literacy and math skills. From Education Dive: Gains were strongest among children whose home language was not English and who didn’t have any prior early-learning classroom experience, according to the researchers with Abt Associates, who compared a sample of children who…

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2020 Built to Learn Act – “Supercharged” School Construction Bill
Crofton Area High School (photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2020 Built to Learn Act – “Supercharged” School Construction Bill

The 2020 Built to Learn Act would drive an additional $2.2 billion in school construction funding, by leveraging casino "lockbox" revenues for bonds. Legislation creating a large new funding program for school construction has been introduced for the second year in the General Assembly. The 2020 bill has many similarities to last year and additionally, pulls recommendations from the 2019 Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities. The Built to Learn Act 2020…

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School Bus Tracking Requested for Montgomery County

In the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) budget proposal, there is an allocation for school bus tracking mobile apps. As previously reported, the MCPS budget proposal totals $2.8 billion, a 4.5% increase from the current years budget. The allocation for bus tracking apps is set for $750,000. The move to these apps was requested after complaints that buses were not arriving on time. From Bethesda Magazine: Several neighboring school districts, like Prince George’s and Fairfax…

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MABE Announces 2020 Legislative Priorities

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) announced their top priorities yesterday. From The Education Advocate: MABE’s top priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session include: • Support for continued governance autonomy for local boards of education to set education policy and school budgets which provide educational benefits for all students; and opposition to unfunded mandates. MABE supports continued autonomy for all local boards to adopt education policies that promote high standards for academic and…

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Cashless Tolling for Bay Bridge Before Summer

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced a timeline for full-time all-electronic (cashless) tolling at the Bay Bridge by Summer 2020. Beginning Sunday, January 12, some toll lanes will permanently close in order to be dismantled. Remnants of the toll plaza will remain in place until final demolition in 2022. From MDTA's press release: “We know motorists who use the Bay Bridge are ready to embrace all-electronic tolling,” said MDTA Executive Director Jim Ports. “This past…

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$3.8M Committed for Bikeways Network Program

Governor Larry Hogan announced that $3.8 million will be made available for each of the next two years for the Bikeways Network Program. Administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Bikeways Network Program provides funding for bikeways throughout Maryland. From Eye on Annapolis: The bikeways program provides funding to jurisdictions and organizations for projects that support the goals of the Maryland Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. The program helps improve connections to transit, work,…

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Transportation Grants Announced for Eastern Shore

Nearly one million dollars in transportation grants were just announced, impacting many counties on the Eastern Shore. Shore Transit received an $850,000 grant and Delmarva Community Services received almost a quarter of a million dollars in the form of a public transportation grant. From WMDT's coverage: “We use Shore Transit every day here. The majority of the residents to come through these doors, they don’t have their own transportation,” says Joyce Cottman, the Executive Director…

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