RELEASE: MACo, MARFY, and NACoRF Partner on Prenatal-to-Three Efforts 

November 14, 2022  Contact: Victoria Maas, Communications Coordinator, MACo | 410.269.0043 | vmaas@mdcounties.org  MACo, MARFY, and NACoRF Partner on Prenatal-to-Three Efforts  Annapolis, MD (11/14/2022) – The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) has selected the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY) to partner on efforts to increase engagement in and support for early childhood learning and development. Through a partnership with the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF), MACo and MARFY are…

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Colorado Voters Approve Free School Meals for Public School Students

Colorado voters decisively approved a statewide ballot measure to provide free meals for all public school students. Last week, Colorado voters approved a statewide ballot measure to create a program to provide free school meals for all public school students and to help schools pay for the meal program. The measure passed comfortably with 55 percent to 45 percent margin. The now-approved program will provide state funds for the free meals by raising $100 million a year by…

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Counties to AIB: More Details Needed to Inform Blueprint Implementation

MACo, on behalf of Maryland's 24 county governments, sent a letter to the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board requesting expanded details on Blueprint implementation expectations and continued collaboration with counties to ensure smooth process. 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 recently published a draft of a Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide Blueprint implementation over…

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State Releases Draft Tools for Locals to Help with Blueprint Implementation

The State has released several draft tools and resources for locals to help locals as they implement the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. The draft tools are up for public feedback ahead of the November 10 public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Implementation Plan. The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) jointly published a draft Initial Implementation Plan template and draft Criteria for Success for locals as part of the…

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Nov 10: Public Hearing on Blueprint Implementation Plan; Submit Testimony Today

The AIB will hold a public hearing on November 10 on its draft Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide the state and counties as they embark on implementing 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 Phase One of its Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide Blueprint…

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State Releases Phase One of Blueprint Implementation Plan

The Maryland State Department of Education has published Phase One of its recommended strategic plan for how local school districts should implement the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) published the first phase of its recommendations for implementing the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. MSDE's plan is not to be confused with the recent Draft Comprehensive Implementation Plan published by the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB). The introduction of the draft Phase One…

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Blueprint Oversight Board Publishes Draft Comprehensive Implementation Plan

The AIB has published the first phase of its recommended 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…

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Baltimore to Tackle Violence Via a School-Based Pilot

Baltimore City's violence prevention program is partnering with City Public Schools to disrupt pathways to violence in City high schools. Baltimore City is entering into a partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) to establish school-based violence intervention pilot programs in three Baltimore City public schools considered to be high-risk for pathways to violence: Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, Carver Vocational Technical High School, and Digital Harbor High School. A press release details the pilot…

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Teachers to Focus on Benefits for Education Support Professionals in ’23 Legislative Session

Maryland teachers are focused on support professionals and what they are calling their "Education Support Professionals (ESP) Bill of Rights."  At the October 25 meeting of the State Board of Education, the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) -- the state's teacher union -- testified on the issues most pressing for Maryland teachers ahead of the 2023 legislative session. MSEA has a strong presence in Annapolis and Maryland politics. At the forefront of MSEA's advocacy will be what…

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Howard Launches $3.5M Complete4Success Scholarship for Community College

The Complete4Success Scholarship will cover tuition and fees, emergency needs, and training critical industries for 2,000 eligible Howard County Community College students so students can get their credits. Howard County government and Howard County Community College (HCCC) are partnering to offer a transformational scholarship program totaling $3.5 million to help community college students pay for their education and programs and ultimately complete their requirements. Included in that funding is:  $1.2M allocated to provide essential and emergency…

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