Howard County Students to Join Apprenticeship Maryland Program

A group of 17 Howard County high school seniors will be some of the first to participate in the Apprenticeship Maryland program this upcoming school year. From The Baltimore Sun: The program provides Howard students the opportunity to “earn and learn” through on-the-job training that can lead to certification, licensing and, in some instances, a one-year completion of a registered apprenticeship, according to the school system. The apprenticeship offerings include information technology; heating, ventilation and…

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School Funding Formula Workgroup Charts Path Forward

The Funding Formula Workgroup of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education today held its first meeting in Annapolis. The thirteen-member panel is charged with working through what is perhaps the most challenging portion of The Blueprint for Maryland's Future - a ten-year plan to make Maryland schools more competitive both nationally and globally - the development of a plan to finance, realign, and apportion the costs of these ambitious, but expensive, goals.…

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School Construction Funding Percents Static Through 2020

Maryland's county governments will receive the same percentages of funding from the State on their school construction projects in FY 2020, despite formula calculations that would have decreased the State's share in some cases. Maryland counties and the State share school construction costs - each providing some of the funding for new school buildings and major renovations. The amount that the State provides on any given project is determined in part by percentages set in…

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Prince George’s Names CEO of Public Schools

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks today announced Dr. Monica E. Goldson as Corporate Executive Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools. Goldson, the former deputy superintendent of teaching and learning, has been serving as interim CEO since last year. "We are on the right track under Dr. Goldson’s leadership, and we will continue that trajectory and success with her and the collective efforts of our entire community," Alsobrooks said. https://twitter.com/CEXAlsobrooks/status/1141037255328436224 https://twitter.com/pgcps/status/1141016763993329665 Goldson was chosen…

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How Nice Should Your Kid’s School Be? Maryland’s Workgroup Reports Back.

A workgroup established by the General Assembly's 21st Century School Facilities Act releases findings and recommendations on educational specifications. Every local school system seeks the best public facilities for K-12 educational programs. Educational specifications, or "Ed Specs" as they are commonly called, provide guidance on standards for educational facilities statewide. Updates to these standards were the focus of a work group created by the General Assembly in the 21st Century School Facilities Act, passed in…

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School Funding, Part 3: She Works Hard For The Money (Cost of Education)

Funding schools may not work as one-size-fits all. Maryland currently uses separate, targeted funding to recognize the "cost of education" for different regions. Consultants recommended broad changes to this approach. Maryland's next steps are not very clear. This article is number three in a series on Conduit Street, featuring elements of Maryland’s current school funding debate. For more general information on school funding formulas today, see “School Funding: This is How We Do It” from…

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Has the US Dept of Education Become a “Rubber Stamp?”

Recent research shows that the US Department of Education has approved nearly all state plan approval requests for state waivers under the Every Student Succeeds Act - even from states that have ignored or defied federal guidelines. The federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in 2015) was designed to give national-level guidance to state -level school oversight. Typically, this has come in the form of federal plan approvals, or waivers, depending on the terminology…

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National Center Highlights Maryland Pending School Reforms

The National Center on Education and the Economy, a nonprofit fueling much of the work of Maryland's Kirwan Commission, presented a panel discussion of the Maryland vision, with suggestions that this marks a national new direction for school funding and expectations. On June 6, the National Center on Education and the Economy hosted a forum to discuss the approach embedded in Maryland's Kirwan Commission. The non-profit and its Director Marc Tucker have played a major…

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