“Funding Our Future” Effort Puts A Finer Point on Kirwan Costs, Means

Stakeholder groups supporting the Kirwan education plan have developed a coalition to support tax reforms to help support its substantial costs, including a slate of revenue proposals in a report, "Funding our Future" The policy debate over school funding, and the goals and costs of the Kirwan Commission plan, has been gaining steam for months leading up to its expected peak during the 2020 legislative session. Now, a coalition supporting the effort is offering specifics…

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Howard Community College Wins National Award

The United States Department of Commerce last week named Howard Community College (HCC) a winner of the 2019 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the category of education. Baldrige is the nation’s only presidential award for performance excellence, recognizing organizations and businesses that demonstrate a perpetual drive for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership, and operational excellence. HCC’s growth rate for the attainment of associate degrees and certificates has consistently outperformed its local and…

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Kirwan-Curious? The Sun Tackles The Questions You’re Afraid To Ask

Sun reporter Pamela Wood offers a "Kirwan 101" Summary of the major policies and politics of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. So... you've been trying to keep up with Kirwan and the school funding debate, but you have a day job and can't dial in for 6 hours of meetings every two weeks for over three years. So, you've been left a bit behind... trying to sort out...just what is this really…

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Statistics In Schools Program Launched Ahead of 2020 Census

The United States Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program aims to raise awareness around the role of schools in acquiring accurate community census counts. The program includes 67 activities that focus on math, statics and data analysis for children. The program also focuses on English Language Learner adults and children. From the Census Bureau: Overview Statistics in Schools provides more than 100 activities that you can use in any year—and whenever you have a new…

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Kirwan Commission 11/12: Fazed by Phase-In; Triggered by Teacher Testing

The Kirwan Commission's latest meeting saw a deep reaction to the formula funding workgroup's proposals to "phase in" the Commission's series of recommendations, and also focused on MSDE pending regulations for teacher certification. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education held its latest meeting on November 12, advancing their discussions toward a year-end final report. Phase-In of Recommendations The most compelling discussion of the day came as the full Commission heard from representatives of…

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Maryland’s National Apprenticeship Week

November 11 - 17 will be National Apprenticeship Week in Maryland as proclaimed by Governor Larry Hogan. The week-long observation will also recognize the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program's success. The Maryland Department of Labor reports that Maryland currently has 10,711 registered apprentices, an all time high participation rate in the state. From the Maryland Department of Labor: “Our administration’s focus on making Maryland more business friendly and improving the state’s economic competitiveness has been…

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State Casino Revenue Down 8.9% in October

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) fell 8.9% percent in October to $143,895,409 from $157,960,668 in October 2018, state lottery and gaming officials announced last week. In terms of year-over-year data, it’s the second month in a row that Maryland casinos brought in less revenue. Casino revenue in September was down 1.1% compared with September 2018. Contributions to the State of Maryland from October 2019 casino gaming revenue totaled $59,267,140, including $44,456,366 for the Education Trust Fund.…

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Mayor Young on WYPR’s “Midday” Talks Politics, Policing, Water, and Education

Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young joined WYPR radio show "Midday" and discussed a wide range of topics - including the City's daunting challenge to aggressively fund education. Mayor Jack Young stepped into his current role as Mayor last year, and has quickly faced up to a series of challenges with City government, service, and politics. On the public radio show "Midday" he talked with host Tom Hall about all of this and more. Listen to…

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