Maryland Casinos Generate Single-Month Revenue Record

Last month, Maryland’s six casinos generated over $181.5 million in gaming revenue, contributing $76.1 million to the state. For the second year in a row, Maryland’s six casinos began the fiscal year with a record-setting performance, generating $181,503,226 in gaming revenue during July 2022. According to Maryland Lottery and Gaming, the total surpassed the previous single-month record set in July 2021 by $1,357,710 (0.8 percent). Contributions to the state totaled $76,074,424, a decrease of $1,263,979 (-1.6…

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How Some States Are Using COVID Relief Funds to Support Child Care

New research from the National Association of School Boards of Education shows that federal COVID relief aid is being spent on compensation, mental health supports, and professional development for early childhood educators.  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges in early childhood education -- namely a shortage of quality, safe institutions and industry professionals. In fact, according to ChildCare Aware of America, 9% of licensed child care centers closed between December 2019 and March 2021. States around the county…

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Schools Across State Receive Grants for Watershed Studies

Schools and nonprofit educational programs in four different counties have received grants from the Maryland Department of Nature Resources to develop and teach watershed education. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded a total of $128,000 for "student and youth outdoor science, and watershed education in the state." The grants were applied for and managed through the DNR Grants Gateway. A press release explained the goals of the grant series: Through the improved connections across similar grant…

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WalletHub: Maryland Schools Ranked Fifth Best in Nation

WalletHub has ranked Maryland as the fifth best school system in the country. WalletHub, a financial resource and media site, has published its 2022 list of best state system of public schools. Maryland ranked 5th of 51 entries in the latest rankings. About its ranking and methodology, WalletHub noted: Unlike other research that focuses primarily on academic outcomes or school finance, WalletHub's analysis takes a more comprehensive approach. It accounts for performance, funding, safety, class…

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Here’s How School Districts are Bypassing Supply Chain Issues for School Meals

Supply chain problems and good shortages continue to plague multiple industries all over the country, including food supply and services. School meals have not been immune to issues. Here, we highlight how some school districts are creatively addressing the issue. As the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic uncertain continue to impact supply chains and goods, school districts around the country are finding themselves challenged to provide school meals. In fact, 97% of 1,368 recently surveyed…

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As Congress Takes Action, FDA Promotes Safety of Increased Baby Formula Imports

On Friday, July 15th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill temporarily suspending tariffs on baby formula imports. The bill passed 421-2 with broad bipartisan support. A similar bill passed through the U.S. Senate earlier this year. According to The Hill, previously enacted legislation had "permanently eased restrictions on the types of baby formula that people who are part of the federal low-income assistance program for women, children and infants can purchase." Meanwhile, on…

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Maryland Among USDA Partners Offering Children’s Summer Food Benefits

Maryland is one of 27 states and territories partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide electronic benefit transfer (EBT) food benefits for the summer months to eligible children. In Maryland, families of eligible children will likely receive $391 per child for the summer. Eligibility depends on whether a child receives free or reduced-price meals during the school year or is under age six and lives in a household receiving SNAP benefits. According…

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Blueprint Oversight Board Selects Diverse Members for Advisory Roles

The statewide board tasked with overseeing implementation of the landmark Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law has selected a cohort of advisors from over 200 nominations for advisory board members to help guide its work. The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is tasked with overseeing the implementation of Maryland’s major education policy reform initiative known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. After much criticism about the lack of geographic diversity of the board’s makeup, and several…

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New Tool Calculates COVID Learning Loss in MD School Districts, 8K Nationwide

A new tool from the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University calculates COVID learning loss and the cost of catching kids up in 8,000 school districts across the country. It is widely accepted that school kids across the United States suffered great learning loss throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as schools were closed for in-person learning. The switch to virtual and hybrid learning left many kids struggling, whether due to a lack of resources and internet access,…

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Local Management Boards Get Needed Boost in Funding

MACo worked during the 2022 legislative session to help secure increased funding for local management boards. The State increased funding for the awards this year by $4.5 million, including $1.5 million for local care team coordinators who ensure that youth with intensive needs receive the appropriate services.  On July 8, the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services awarded $23 million in funding for local management boards (LMBs) in support of children and families across…

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