17 Baltimore Co. Schools Receive Environmental Competition Grants

On Tuesday, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced the results of the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge and the distribution of $22,000 in grants awarded to 17 schools. After two years of cleanup projects, 17 public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in 406 litter clean-ups that collected 3,391 bags of trash around the County, for a total of 57,862 pounds of litter and debris. According to a County press release: 'Over…

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State Board of Ed Talks COVID Mitigation, Student Poverty, and the Blueprint

The State Board of Education met on September 28 at the Baltimore offices of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The monthly meeting had a full agenda, ranging from student COVID-19 mitigation and virtual learning to student poverty and the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. The State Board heard from a variety of leaders in education, with the first-half of the all-day meeting featuring staff presentations on pressing policy issues. Staff presentations included: Professional Standards…

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State Not Considering COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Schoolchildren

On Monday, September 27th, the Maryland Senate's Vaccine Oversight Workgroup convened a meeting in which Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Dennis Schrader said a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren is not under consideration. The declaration came during an exchange between Secretary Schrader and State Senator Clarence K. Lam (District 12, Baltimore and Howard Counties). In video of the meeting (beginning at 27:23), Senator Lam began his line of questioning by asking what measures MDH has taken…

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IAC Releases FY 2021 Maintenance Report on Public Schools

The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) published the FY 2021 Maintenance of Maryland’s Public School Buildings Report, detailing an overview of maintenance assessments conducted at selected schools in each Maryland public school system. The report provides an overview of all Maryland public schools, based on a sampling of 268 schools from around the state, as well as county-specific profiles on the conditions of school facilities. (The overview begins on page 16 and the county-specific…

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Committee Declines to Revisit Blueprint Accountability Nominations
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Committee Declines to Revisit Blueprint Accountability Nominations

The Nominating Committee said it will not reopen nomination applications for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future's Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) following concerns about diversity. On September 10, Governor Hogan sent a letter to the committee requesting it reopen applications in order to attract a more diverse pool of candidates for the AIB, which will oversee the state's ambitious educational plan, "Blueprint for Maryland's Future." The Nominating Committee declined Hogan's request in a September 17…

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School Facilities Workgroup Considers Proposed Categories for School Facility Assessments

The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities had a substantive discussion on September 22, with conversation focusing on a proposed set of 9 categories on how to assess the condition of school facilities. The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, created by 2021 legislation, held its third meeting virtually this week. The majority of the conversation focused on the Facility Condition Index (FCI) and educational facilities sufficiency standards along…

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State Opens Its Grant Application Process for Americorps

Today, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) announced its application process for Americorps' 2022-2023 service year. Americorps members provide a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to help meet local community needs including serving "as teachers, environmentalists, mediators, or community leaders through local organizations." Qualifying organizations include nonprofits, faith-based organizations, state or local government agencies, and institutions of higher education. Upon completion of a service year, members will receive "assistance with post-secondary education or student…

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Grant Applications Available from MD Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling

The Special Population and Youth Grant applications are now available for organizations, schools, and colleges interested in working with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling to prevent underage and problem gambling.   The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) is implementing a youth and young adult-driven underage and problem gambling prevention program for the State of Maryland. The target population age for the grant is 11 to 25 years old. The…

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Counties Now Have Until Oct. 10 to Work with State on COVID Testing in Schools

Counties now have until October 10 to apply for state aid to help with preventative COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools.  Today, the State Department of Health (MDH) notified local school and health leaders that the state was extending the application deadline to collaborate with the state on COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools. The Screening Testing Program was launched in July by MDH and the State Department of Education (MSDE). To date, 18 school systems have…

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