Baltimore Co. School Board Nominating Commission Selected for 2021-2025 Term

The next slate of Baltimore County School Board Commission members were named on October 25 to serve for the 2021-2025 term. The commission is tasked with nominating candidates for four at-large appointments to the Baltimore County School Board, which are then recommended to the governor for consideration. The Baltimore County School Board implemented a hybrid model in 2018 and since then has consisted of one student member, four appointed positions and seven elected seats. Nominating Commission members,…

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Montgomery’s Youth Get Chance to Engage with School Board

The Montgomery County Council will host a virtual Youth Town Hall meeting today Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., with Montgomery County School Board President Brenda Wolff and Student Member of the Board of Education Hana O’Looney. The town hall, which will be virtual, will facilitate an opportunity for the county school board to learn about pressing issues impacting young people. The forum will also highlight resources available for young people focused on mental health and…

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MSDE Awarded 2021 USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant

The Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP) announced it was awarded $300,000 through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development. School systems interested in participating will receive sub-grants to facilitate both student and staff involvement in the development, evaluation, and modification of recipes. MSDE has partnered with a series of state and local institutions to assist school systems…

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UMD to hold 2021 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The seventh annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will be hosted virtually at the University of Maryland.  The University of Maryland will be virtually hosting the seventh annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference (AELC). The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. - noon. According to UMD:  This unique event brings together stakeholders from Maryland’s agriculture, conservation, and legal fields to focus on the…

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Montgomery County Seeks National Applicants for New Superintendent of Schools

The Montgomery County Board of Education has opened a national search for the county's next superintendent of schools, who will begin serving on July 1, 2022. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is working in partnership with the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to identify and consider candidates for superintendent. According to an MCPS press release: The search will be guided by the Board’s core values, strategic priorities, and desired characteristics gathered this…

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Education Leader Chester Finn’s Sprawling Q&A on Modern Schooling

Chester Finn, onetime Maryland State Board of Education leader and member of the Kirwan Commission, engaged with Rick Hess of Education Week for a far-ranging Q&A discussion on contemporary issues in education. Education Week, an online site focusing on school policies of all sorts, hosts an intriguing and multi-topic interview with Chester Finn. Mr Finn has been a national figure on education policy for many years, but is known to his fellow Marylanders for two…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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$25M of Grant Funding Awarded to 4 Institutions of Higher Education

At the October 20 Board of Public Works meeting, Governor Larry Hogan announced that $25.3 million in grant funding was awarded to four Maryland institutions of higher learning. The recipients -- Mount St. Mary’s University, Carroll Community College, Cecil College, and Howard Community College -- were approved to receive four individual capital grant agreements, totaling $25.3 million, to support capital projects. The grants will be administered through the Maryland Department of General Services’ (DGS) Capital Grants…

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Maryland Celebrates School Bus Safety Week

The state of Maryland has is recognizing National School Bus Safety Week, October 18-22. School bus transportation and those that serve as school bus drivers are critical infrastructure that support the wellbeing, safety, and functioning of our public school systems -- a fact made acutely aware to counties as they continue to address driver shortages and pandemic fallout. This week, Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation declaring it School Bus Safety Week in Maryland, in recognition…

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Caroline County Updates Student Quarantine Procedures

Starting today, Monday, October 18, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) will use a modified process for quarantining unvaccinated students identified as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19. The new, modified procedures come based on updated guidance from the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD) and are in effect immediately. They follow two paths, depending on the masking situation of the immediate school environment in question. According to a CCPS press release: In settings where…

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