Local Bill Aims to Close “Teardown Loophole” in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Council Member Evan Glass yesterday introduced the Housing Impact Fairness Act –– legislation aimed at raising money for affordable housing and school construction –– by closing the "teardown loophole.” https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1184210415636615171 The bill would create an excise tax on the demolition or partial demolition (i.e., "teardown") of single-family homes and expand the applicability of the development impact tax for public school improvements. Council Member Glass says the proposal would raise $100 million over the next…

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Kirwan Formula Work Group Done: County Costs $1.27B Above “Current Trend”

The Formula Funding Work Group, created to inform the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, issued its recommendations. The bottom line to counties: fully fund the "local share" (as implied by local wealth) of the full range of new state programs - phased in to total $9.3 billion by FY 2030. The Formula Funding Work Group, after working for months toward recommendations on the financial mechanics of the Kirwan Commission vision, completed its…

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CTE Programs Offering Students Opportunities in the Solar Industry

Grid Alternative, a nonprofit bringing free solar to low-income communities, is helping to educate and train the next generation of students to move forward in the growing solar industry. Through the Solar Futures program, high school students are exposed to the renewable energy field and provide opportunities to participate in installations. There are also lessons on renewables and career pathways for elementary and middle school students. From Education Dive's article: Working alongside the installation team,…

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Kirwan Funding Work Group Releases Preliminary County-by-County Numbers

The school funding formula workgroup, nearing its end, distributed and discussed several analyses that illustrate the potential effects of the plan on county finances - but more work and refinement awaits, in time for next week's decision meeting. A busy day for the Kirwan Formula Funding Workgroup on October 8 saw the members discuss and debate a variety of numbers and analyses relating to the ambitious spending plan. They made some incremental, mostly technical decisions,…

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NCTQ Report: Movement Away from Student Test Results in Evaluations

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) shows that since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), some states have moved away from including student test results in principal, teacher evaluations. From Education Dive's article: Following No Child Left Behind’s strict requirements for education accountability systems, ESSA returned much of the control to the states. In addition to legal challenges over linking test scores to teacher evaluation results, education…

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State Casino Revenues Sluggish in September

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) fell 1.1% percent in September to $142.2 million from $143.8 million in September 2018, state lottery and gaming officials announced this week. In terms of year-over-year data, August GGR was up 5.4% – the fourth-best month in the history of Maryland’s casino gaming program. Contributions from September 2019 casino gaming revenue totaled $59.3 million, including $44.4 million for the Education Trust Fund. Casino gaming revenues also support local communities and jurisdictions…

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Red Maryland: Kirwan Plan “Not The Solution”

Red Maryland's Editor-in-Chief Brian Griffiths joins the blossoming public debate over new school funding plan: "an expensive prescription for cures already tried." Brian Griffiths, editor-in-chief of Red Maryland, offered an analysis of the still-developing Kirwan Commission school funding plan as an opinion column in the Capital Gazette, where he is a frequent contributor. From his piece: The commission recommendations are a laundry list of liberal priorities focused on expanding government and redistributing taxpayer dollars to liberal special…

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Maryland EXCELS Joins Defense Department Pilot Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Defense launched a pilot program, MCCYN-PLUS, aimed at expanding the availability of child care options for eligible military families through its fee assistance program, Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN). The pilot program will include child care programs that are participating in Maryland EXCELS (Excellence Counts in Early Learning and School Age Care) and meet the eligibility requirements for MCCYN. With over 4,600 participants, Maryland EXCELS is the…

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