Anne Arundel Schools Will Give $1K Bonuses for Staff

Anne Arundel County will provide public school system staff with $1,000 bonuses. Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bedell,  with the full backing of the County Board of Education,  announced that permanent AACPS employees of the school system will receive a $1,000 Employee Appreciation Bonus in January 2023. The bonus, which will be pro-rated based on an employee’s full-time equivalency, will be delivered to all permanent employees except those on…

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Blueprint Oversight Board Unanimously Approves Final Comprehensive Implementation Plan

The AIB has adopted the a final strategic plan for how local school districts should implement the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. 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. The AIB has published a draft of its Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide Blueprint implementation over the 10-year implementation period and to hold State and local entities accountable…

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Apply Today for $84.5M in Federal School Infrastructure Grants

The federal government is now accepting applications for school infrastructure grants. The U.S. Department of Energy has opened applications for the nation’s highest-need districts to apply for $84.5 million in federal funding for school infrastructure improvements under two new programs established through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021. Of the $84.5 million: $80 million is for Renew America’s Schools grants to support rural or high-poverty schools with energy upgrades, such as new heating, ventilation and air…

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Frederick Partners with Job Corps on Alternative Education

Frederick County is partnering with Job Corps to support students and families who benefit from alternative educational programs. Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and Woodstock Job Corps -- a local branch of the National Jobs Corps program of the U.S. Department of Labor -- are collaborating to offer county students and families extended alternative education programming and support, such as in trades skills and experience, job training, and apprenticeship opportunities. https://twitter.com/fcpsmaryland/status/1597320913212493825?s=46&t=PeHFT3FK5zXfRJZ9W9Rrbg Woodstock Job Corps' website states:…

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MACo Speaks at School Business Official’s Conference on Getting the Most Out of School Construction Funds

MACo's Brianna January spoke at the 2022 Association of School Business Officials conference on how to not leave any school construction money behind. MACo Associate Policy Director Brianna January was invited to speak at the Fall conference of the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) on getting the biggest bang for school construction and capital project bucks. The November 16 90 minute panel titled, "Nobody Ever Wants to Leave State CIP Money on the Table" sought to…

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Learn About Key Partners for Success in Public Education at #MACoCon

Counties are key figures in the funding and operations of Maryland schools, working closely with local and state partners to provide quality education.  At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Public Education 101: Key Partners for Success,” an expert panel will discuss how county officials can work with local and state partners to fund and manage public education. Speakers include representatives of key partnerships, and the discussion will highlight strategies and best practices to communicating and…

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The Complexity of One School District’s Declining Enrollment

New Orleans, like many Maryland school districts, is facing declining public school enrollment, but has a unique set of circumstances complicating strategies to address the looming crisis.  When the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the country, our public schools had to quickly adjust to new and creative ways of serving kids. As schools moved to virtual learning, the combined burdens of working from home, managing virtual learning, and caring for family resulted in some Maryland families turning to other options…

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Maryland on Track to Launch Mobile Sports Wagering by Thanksgiving

Maryland's Sports Wagering Application Review Commission approved ten mobile sports betting licenses, setting the stage for a pre-Thanksgiving launch. https://twitter.com/ButlerBets/status/1592893804633526275?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet In 2020, Maryland voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand commercial gaming by authorizing sports and events wagering to raise revenue for education. While sports wagering is legal in Maryland, sportsbooks are currently only available in casinos and other approved venues. The launch of mobile sports wagering, which handles 70 to 90 percent of wagers…

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Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center Serves Nation, Preps Workforce
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Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center Serves Nation, Preps Workforce

Frederick County hosts an impressive Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) that trains the National Park Service and others in historic trades, which can help fill skills gaps in workforce and prep constituents for in-demand careers. The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) located in Frederick County is dedicated to the "safe preservation and maintenance of national parks or partner facilities by demonstrating outstanding leadership, delivering quality preservation services, and developing educational courses that fulfill the competency requirements…

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