Frederick County Public Schools Forms Partnership with Maryland’s Only Recovery High School

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Phoenix Recovery Academy have formed a partnership at the nexus of substance-use disorders and public education. On Wednesday, FCPS and the Phoenix Recovery Academy formally entered into the partnership. The partnership will consist of a mix of resource sharing, training and professional development opportunities for FCPS staff, and public education on the lived-experiences of substance-use disorders; FCPS hopes to bring Phoenix students who have successfully recovered from substance-use disorders to…

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MACo OPEB Trust Offers Plug-and-Play Solution for Healthcare Liabilities

The MACo OPEB Investment Trust - designed to help counties put current assets to work toward long-term health care liabilities - is performing well, delivering healthy returns, and serving member needs. Trustees convened this week for a quarterly remote meeting to review its performance and management. The Board of Trustees of the MACo OPEB Investment Trust convened a quarterly meeting via WebEx on September 10. In addition to reviewing investment strategy and performance, and discussing…

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BREAKING NEWS: Montgomery County to Require Student Athletes to be Vaccinated against COVID-19

In a Board of Education meeting today, Montgomery County officials announced the updated policy. Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight announced on Thursday that student athletes in the county's K-12 public schools who intend to participate in winter and spring sports and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will need to do so in order to be eligible to play. The story is developing, but for more information on the county's COVID policies, visit its website.

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Ventilation and Air Filtration at the Forefront of September 9 IAC Meeting

On September 9, the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) met virtually to discuss project updates and topics front-of-mind as Maryland kids go back to school. The commission considered Baltimore City school ventilation and A.C., following the recent closure of some city schools due to insufficient or nonexistent air conditioning and air filtration, which health experts say is critical to mitigating COVID-19 transmission. Governor Hogan took up the issue at a September 1 Board of Public Works meeting…

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Huge Cache of Kirwan Blueprint Data Now Available

The Department of Legislative Services has posted a sizable set of data and background information relevant to the Kirwan Blueprint plan and legislation, including additional details on its fiscal effects and underlying assumptions. DLS, the nonpartisan staffing agency to the General Assembly, provides budget analyses and prepares "fiscal notes" on pending legislation, and offers professional staff support to the legislative functions. DLS staff played a major role in coordinating the fiscal estimates and information supporting…

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Montgomery College Receives $1.37M Federal Grant for First Generation College Students

The U.S. Department of Education announced that Montgomery College will receive a federal grant of $1,368,965 over a five-year period.  Yesterday, Montgomery College was awarded a federal TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) grant of $1,368,965, to be used over the next five years  (the college will receive $273,793 per year). According to a press release from the college, the TRIO EOC will annually serve at least 1,000 first-generation, low-income, non-bachelor’s degree holders as well as veterans and…

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First Caroline County Student is Awarded Youth Apprenticeship

Christopher Ireland, an 11th grade student at North Caroline High School in Caroline County, recently enrolled as the county's first Youth Apprenticeship recipient. Ireland signed an apprenticeship contract with MidShore Technology Services (MTS), a company founded by a 2005 North Caroline High School graduate. The Caroline Career & Technology Center (CCTC) prepares students to be college and career-ready via career and technical education. It offers 16 different programs, including the new Apprenticeship program that provides…

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Nominees Named for Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board

A special nominating committee has concluded its work, recommending nine nominees to Governor Hogan to be selected for the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board. The Governor must select seven of the nominees to serve. A central facet of the recently-enacted Blueprint for Maryland, a 10-year plan to enhance education funding and expectations, is a new Accountability and Implementation Board to ensure that the plan moves toward its intended goals. The formal process for its creation…

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Governor Hogan Orders Full Assessment of Ventilation and Air Filtration in School Buildings

The Governor's order comes as students return to school amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and record heat, where some do not have air conditioning or proper air filtration systems.  At a Board of Public Works meeting today, Governor Hogan instructed the State Superintendent of Schools and the Interagency Commission on School Construction to "conduct an immediate statewide assessment of ventilation and air filtration in Maryland public school buildings." Just a day earlier, 31 schools in…

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