School Funding, Part 3: She Works Hard For The Money (Cost of Education)

Funding schools may not work as one-size-fits all. Maryland currently uses separate, targeted funding to recognize the "cost of education" for different regions. Consultants recommended broad changes to this approach. Maryland's next steps are not very clear. This article is number three in a series on Conduit Street, featuring elements of Maryland’s current school funding debate. For more general information on school funding formulas today, see “School Funding: This is How We Do It” from…

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Has the US Dept of Education Become a “Rubber Stamp?”

Recent research shows that the US Department of Education has approved nearly all state plan approval requests for state waivers under the Every Student Succeeds Act - even from states that have ignored or defied federal guidelines. The federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in 2015) was designed to give national-level guidance to state -level school oversight. Typically, this has come in the form of federal plan approvals, or waivers, depending on the terminology…

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National Center Highlights Maryland Pending School Reforms

The National Center on Education and the Economy, a nonprofit fueling much of the work of Maryland's Kirwan Commission, presented a panel discussion of the Maryland vision, with suggestions that this marks a national new direction for school funding and expectations. On June 6, the National Center on Education and the Economy hosted a forum to discuss the approach embedded in Maryland's Kirwan Commission. The non-profit and its Director Marc Tucker have played a major…

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Wash and Learn Initiative Transforms Laundromats Into Libraries

The Wash and Learn Initiative Baltimore seeks to transform laundromats in Baltimore into access points for digital learning and community development. The Enoch Pratt Free Library, which serves the residents of Baltimore with locations throughout the city, today announced The Wash and Learn Initiative Baltimore to transform laundromats into access points for digital learning and community development. The program provides computers, tablets, books, and educational resources in order turn laundromats into informal learning spaces where patrons can access…

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Hogan Draws Differences With Legislative Leaders, Looks Ahead to “Battle”
Governor Larry Hogan (photo source: Wikipedia)
Hogan Draws Differences With Legislative Leaders, Looks Ahead to “Battle”

Governor Hogan, fresh off an announcement he will not run for President, addressed a Maryland pro-business group and emphasized areas of difference with Democratic legislative leaders. Governor Hogan, an invited speaker before the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation (nee Maryland Business for Responsive Government), emphasized his commitment to growing opportunities in Maryland, and resisted the notion that tax increases lie ahead to fund priority spending. From the Washington Post coverage: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is going…

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Coming This Fall: 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy

The workforce of Next Generation 9-1-1 call centers will need to expand existing knowledge, skills, and abilities to include cybersecurity awareness and familiarity with digital, broadband, and IP-based technology. In order to provide students with the enhanced personnel training and skills needed to address modern technology, Montgomery College established the 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy. The 60-hour academy covers a wide range of topics, including: The Basic Emergency Telecommunicator Course and Exam Suicide Caller/Intervention Techniques/Stress Management Domestic…

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Presiding Officers Name School Funding Formula Workgroup

Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Adrienne Jones yesterday named thirteen members to a workgroup that will make recommendations on the pattern and role of state and local funding to the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education later this year. MACo President and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman will represent MACo on the panel. The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should…

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Hogan Launches Student Debt Repayment Plan for State Employees

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the launch of a new program to help the State recruit and retain employees in critical workforce shortage areas. Established by Executive Order 01.01.2018.17, the Maryland SmartWork Initiative offers eligible employees working in targeted shortage areas (including public safety, psychology, nursing, and information technology) state assistance to repay student loan debt. The maximum benefit is $20,000 over a ten-year period. Eligible state employees who are paying down their children’s (25…

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