Congress Takes Up the National Teacher Shortage

On May 25, amid the ongoing national teacher shortage, a House subcommittee held a virtual hearing on the topic. On Wednesday, May 25, the congressional House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee held a virtual hearing on the nationwide teacher and support staff shortages plaguing schools. The virtual hearing, titled, "Tackling Teacher Shortages," lasted over two hours and included analysis and insights from education policy leaders and experts. Participants included: Dr. Lindsey Burke, Director…

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Prescription Drug Affordability Board Begins Work Curbing Drug Costs

On Monday, May 23rd, Maryland's Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) began its work to set caps on certain prescription drug costs. The Board, established in 2019 through House Bill 768/Senate Bill 759, is charged with conducting cost reviews, determining which prescription drugs pose affordability challenges, and setting upper payment limits. Payment limits set by the Board apply to state and local government entities only, including state and county correctional facilities, state hospitals, health clinics at…

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Here’s How Other States Are Addressing Teacher Shortages

Like Maryland, states across the country are grappling with staffing shortages and challenges in public education. Here, we explore some of the unique policies states are considering to address teacher hiring and retention. Teachers are leaving the profession at a concerning rate around the country, and hiring new education staff remains a major challenge. Combined with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, local education agencies (LEAs) are facing a perfect storm scenario around the…

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Webinar: Strengthening America’s Workforce with Recovery Funds

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a May 4 webinar on how counties can use COVID recovery resources for hiring and retention. The May 4 webinar will focus on "how counties are using ARPA dollars to tackle the labor shortage, connecting people to good jobs, expanding childcare services and fostering a strong national workforce that meets the needs of residents through local government service." https://twitter.com/NACoTweets/status/1521151815546511360   Speakers include: Lindsey Graham, Child Care Coordinator,…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Employee Benefits and Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of employee benefits and relations in the 2022 General Assembly.  MACo advocates for fair state laws governing employment practices, labor representation, and employer-employee relationships. MACo becomes particularly engaged when a proposal has a disproportionate or unique effect on public sector employees – frequently those affecting public safety employees or other public workers who engage in sensitive and essential functions. The unique circumstances…

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Bolton Health’s Innovation Conference – Baltimore, May 17

Bolton Health is hosting an Innovation Conference at Baltimore's Center Club on May 17 - Connect with leaders and innovators and you look for health care solutions for your county employees. Bolton Partners, a MACo Corporate Partner, is hosting an event on health innovations - seeking to light a fire with employers and managers seeking "Solutions That Challenge the Status Quo of Employer Benefits." Join for this rapid fire discussion with leaders across the field.…

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The Legislature Passed Paid Family Leave. Here’s What Counties Need to Know.

On March 31, the Maryland Senate gave the final approval to establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program, also known as FMLA. The bill passed was significantly amended after a series of major strategic changes in in the House. Here, we outline what counties need to know. Conduit Street previously reported that the House and Senate were seemingly taking two very different approaches to paid leave, with the House taking a step back…

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2022 Baltimore City YouthWorks Program to Launch in July

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott is set to launch the City's 2022 YouthWorks program in July. On March 25, Mayor Scott issued a “call-to-action” to encourage area employers to participate in the City’s summer jobs program, YouthWorks (YW). YouthWorks has been one of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development’s (MOED) signature programs for over 30 years. “Baltimore youth want to work and are ready to help our local businesses soar. I urge area employers to plan for…

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Montgomery Libraries Offer Free Job Seeking and Entrepreneurial Workshops throughout April

Montgomery County Public Libraries will offer free online workshops for job seekers and entrepreneurs through its H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) program. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPLS) is offering online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs throughout the month of April. All workshops are free and offered virtually. H.I.R.E Session details When: Throughout April, every Monday: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sign up to meet virtually/confidentially one-on-one with a career counselor for advice and assistance with…

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