Research Shows Community College Classes Benefit 4-Year Students

Researchers found that students enrolled in four-year colleges but take some courses at community colleges have better academic and labor market outcomes than their peers who do not take community college classes. In a new working paper, researchers from the Community College Research Center found that students taking as many as 10 credits at a two-year institution were more likely to earn a four-year diploma and have higher wages than their counterparts who did not,…

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*UPDATED* MSDE Deadline Approaches, School Boards Announce Reopening Plans

As the August 14 deadline approaches for all local Maryland school systems to send their reopening plans to the Maryland State Department of Education, local boards of education have been releasing information on local plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The following information covers each jurisdiction and will be updated as local school boards release their plans to reopen schools in the fall. Last updated: July 30, 12:19pm Allegany Allegany County Public Schools has not…

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Hogan Announces Unemployment Scam, “The Battle is Not Behind Us”

Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference today to announce updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that after detecting an unusual increase in out-of-state Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims, the Maryland Department of Labor discovered a massive fraud scheme totaling over $500 million. The Department is now working with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Inspector…

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Advocates Call for Virtual Learning Start for Schools

The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), Maryland Parent Teacher Association (MD PTA), and the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) jointly called for virtual learning for the fall semester of the 2020-21 school year. In a letter addressed to Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon, advocates penned a request to begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning and instruction for at least the first semester. While the letter does mention the possibility of exceptions…

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Baltimore County Announces Capital Development Program for Schools

Baltimore County Government and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced a Multi-Year Improvement Plan for all Schools (MYIPAS). The plans for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to schools will be based on 1) enrollment projections, capacity, and utilization; 2) educational equity and adequacy; and 3) facilities condition. The improvement plan will first focus on high schools in Phase 1 and move to elementary and middle schools in Phase 2. Read more on MYIPAS.

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What’s the Deal with Maryland Schools?

As the state starts to reopen, many are wondering what will happen with public schools in the fall. Here, Conduit Street breaks down the process ahead, including the federal, state, and local roles in reopening schools, and possible paths forward. The swift and sudden shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our healthcare system, economy, social structures, and everyday way of life. Schools are no exception. Across Maryland, local education agencies (LEAs) are formulating…

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces $40M in Grants for Community Colleges

The United States Department of Labor (Department) announced the availability of $40 million in grants to expand community colleges' ability to "meet labor market demand for a skilled workforce."  The Strengthening Community Colleges Training grants are aimed at building the capacity of community colleges to collaborate with employers and the public workforce development system to meet local and regional demand for a skilled workforce. Community colleges are able to apply for funding as a single…

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MABE Announces 2020 Distinguished School Board Service Award Recipient

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education has announced Joy Schaefer as the 2020 Distinguished School Board Service Award Recipient. The award is presented to a board member who has made "outstanding contributions to public education through school board service in Maryland." Schaefer served on the Frederick County Board of Education from 2012 to 2019, where she was elected as both vice president and president. She currently is the Government Affairs Director for Frederick County…

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LSSC Virtual Training on 7/15: Strengthening Local Democracy During COVID-19: New Resources to Advance Economic and Public Health Protection Policies

Local Solutions Support Center is hosting a webinar next Wednesday, July 15th, at 12:00 PM, for local leaders looking for the latest resources to help cities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and address the racial unrest and calls for police reform sweeping across the country.  Title: Strengthening Local Democracy During COVID-19: New Resources to Advance Economic and Public Health Protection Policies Description: As the COVID-10 pandemic spreads and states reopen, and as…

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Kirwan – Where Do We Go From Here?

Join MACo on July 22 for a dive into the Blueprint for Maryland's Future and what happens next to the vetoed legislation.  Hear from panelists on the potential paths forward for Kirwan, the possibility of a veto override, and what implementation means in the midst of a pandemic. Title: Kirwan - Where Do We Go From Here? Description: As the State and counties grapple with unprecedented budget pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kirwan…

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