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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Statistics In Schools Program Launched Ahead of 2020 Census

The United States Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program aims to raise awareness around the role of schools in acquiring accurate community census counts. The program includes 67 activities that focus on math, statics and data analysis for children. The program also focuses on English Language Learner adults and children. From the Census Bureau: Overview Statistics in Schools provides more than 100 activities that you can use in any year—and whenever you have a new…

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Maryland’s National Apprenticeship Week

November 11 - 17 will be National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland as proclaimed by Governor Larry Hogan. The week-long observation will also recognize the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program's success. The Maryland Department of Labor reports that Maryland currently has 10,711 registered apprentices, an all time high participation rate in the state. From the Maryland Department of Labor: “Our administration’s focus on making Maryland more business friendly and improving the state’s economic competitiveness has been…

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New Joint Plan for the American Legion Bridge

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam made an announcement in a surprise joint appearance this morning. Maryland and Virginia will partner to widen and rebuild the American Legion bridge in order to relieve congestion in a multibillion-dollar project. The new bridge is planned to have four express toll lanes, in addition to eight free lanes as on the current span with tolls fluctuating based on congestion. From Washington Post's coverage: “A new…

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Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis at #MACoCon

Marylanders are starting to think about the future and how to expand options for getting around. Congestion is a huge problem in Maryland, but what should be done to move forward? Join MACo's Winter Conference session, Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis, to hear more about possibilities of the future. Details follow: Title: Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis Description: Everyone can agree that there is an issue with traffic congestion in Maryland. With new plans and projects being…

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NACo’s CAV Toolkit for Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) created the Connected and Automated Vehicles Toolkit in order to provide county officials with an overview of the rapidly-growing connected and automated vehicles (CAV) sector. The toolkit proves insight into how all levels of government are adapting to this revelutionary technology. The four sections, (1) technology, (2) policy, (3) deployment, and (4) next steps all provide high levels of information and resources for each topic. From NACo's policy section…

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Montgomery County’s Pedestrian Plan

Montgomery County has an interactive tool called the Pedestrian Plan that helps let individuals know where the most comfortable walking areas are in the county. From Montgomery County Planning Department's website: When people walk along sidewalks, trails and roadways, sometimes it’s comfortable. Sometimes it’s not. A quiet residential street with a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit, very little traffic, and sidewalks separated from the road by trees is a comfortable walking environment for most people. But a…

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Breaking Down the Blueprint: School Funding in Focus

Obviously, The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) is a big deal right now. With recommendations from the Funding Formula Workgroup finalized and the full Commission's last scheduled meeting creeping up later this month, there is no better time to join MACo's Winter Conference Session, Breaking Down the Blueprint: School Funding in Focus during #MACoCon. Join our panelists in deep diving into exactly what this whole Commission is about and what it…

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