Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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Anne Arundel Won’t Offer Before-School Programs As Part of New Start Times

Anne Arundel County Schools will not hold before-school programs for the 2022-2023 school year, as part of the county's greater strategy to sink school start times with the natural sleeping cycle of adolescents. The upcoming 2022-2023 school year will not only see a shift in start and end times for students in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), but also for the programs and extracurricular activities offered to them. In October 2021, Anne Arundel County officially approved later…

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Dr. Mark Bedell Selected as Anne Arundel Superintendent

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has chosen Dr. Mark Bedell to lead the county's public schools. Dr. Bedell -- currently leading Kansas City Public Schools -- has ties to the county. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is likely to make a formal appointment announcement at a special meeting this week. The Board will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, to formally vote on Dr. Bedell’s appointment. The meeting will be…

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Secretary Cardona Unveils U.S. Plan to Elevate Teaching

U.S Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona laid out a new nationwide strategy to support and elevate the teaching profession as the sector struggles with hiring and retention. At a June 9 address and fireside chat at the Bank Street College of Education in New York, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona unveiled a new plan to recruit, prepare, and retain great teachers as states across the country struggle to do so. The department's vision focuses…

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Pandemic Free School Lunches Likely to Come to an End

During the COVID-19 pandemic, expanded federal waivers provided free school lunches, year-round, for every American schoolchild. Congress has failed to reauthorize those waivers, paving the way for a catastrophic uptick in child hunger. For the last 2+ years, American school kids, regardless of family financial circumstances, enjoyed free school lunches via a program to expand the benefit to all children during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Congress enabled the United…

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EPA Offering $500 M in Rebates for “Greener” School Buses
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EPA Offering $500 M in Rebates for “Greener” School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $500 million in rebates for local jurisdictions to replace aging fossil fuel busses with cleaner, greener vehicles. The rebates will be administered via the new Clean School Bus (CSB) program and are the first funding opportunity under the program. The program was established by the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and is funded at $5 billion over the next five years.The CSB program was authorized to help replace existing…

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$3.8 M in Federal Funding Allocated to Help Disadvantaged Students in Higher Education

Nearly $3.8 Million in federal funding has been allocated to Maryland colleges and universities to help underrepresented communities achieve student success.  Federal grants to the tune of $3,783,406 have been allocated for eight colleges and universities, including community colleges, across Maryland to help "underrepresented communities enter and complete higher education degree programs." The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Program, a federal outreach and student services program "designed to identify and support the educational pursuits of individuals…

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Maryland Casinos Report Second-Best Month Ever

Last month, Maryland’s six casinos combined to generate nearly $179 million in gaming revenue, contributing $73.4 million to the state. According to Maryland Lottery and Gaming, the total represents an increase of $6,373,378 (3.7%) compared to May 2021. The May 2022 revenue figure is second only to July 2021, when the casinos generated $180.1 million in gaming revenue. Contributions from last month’s casino gaming revenue totaled $73.4 million, including $53.4 million for the Education Trust Fund. Casino…

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Tune In: Blueprint for MD’s Future Implementation Planning Series

Mark your calendars for the next session in the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Implementation Planning Series! The Blueprint is a piece of legislation passed in 2021, which includes comprehensive changes to Maryland’s early childhood and public schools. Increasing education funding by $3.8 billion each year over the next 10 years, the Blueprint aims to enrich student experiences, accelerate student outcomes and improve the overall quality of education in Maryland. The Maryland Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board…

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Baltimore and Howard Counties Receive $5.5 Million Grant to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Four Schools in Baltimore and Howard Counties Public Schools will pilot a Math Instruction Program as Part of Federal State Personnel Development Grant totaling $5.5 million. The Baltimore and Howard Counties public school systems were chosen by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to receive a federal grant to implement a pilot program improve learning outcomes for students with disabilities. The $5.5 million grant, titled State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), is awarded by the U.S. Department of…

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