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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Breaking Down the Blueprint: School Funding in Focus

Obviously, The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) is a big deal right now. With recommendations from the Funding Formula Workgroup finalized and the full Commission's last scheduled meeting creeping up later this month, there is no better time to join MACo's Winter Conference Session, Breaking Down the Blueprint: School Funding in Focus during #MACoCon. Join our panelists in deep diving into exactly what this whole Commission is about and what it…

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Farm Credit Partners with National Farm to School Network

October of National Farm-to-School Month, and MACo Winter Conference sponsor Farm Credit is partnering with the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) to close the gap between students and the food that they eat through local food procurement and farm and garden education. From Farm Credit's Blog: Sam Ullery, school garden specialist for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, D.C., visits schools across the nation’s capital that are interested in…

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Commissioner Wilson Tapped to Serve on Education Commission

Queen Anne's County Commissioner Jack Wilson has been appointed to serve as MACo's representative on the State's Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. His appointment would replace former member Bill Valentine, who no longer serves as an Allegany County Commissioner. Commissioner Wilson is vice-chair of MACo’s Education Subcommittee, and chairs MACo’s Rural Counties Coalition. He has served as a productive member of MACo’s Legislative Committee, and Board of Directors. We are confident that Commissioner…

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Worcester Seeking School Construction Alternatives

At the heart of a long story is the difficulty of high-cost school construction projects. A recent article in OC Today shares an update on the construction of a replacement elementary school in Worcester County. Through the story of one school's project approval process, the OC Today article also gives insight into school construction cost drivers in Worcester County. The story begins with a budget proposal delivered by the schools to Worcester County Commissioners for a…

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Maryland Community Colleges See 20% Increase in Dual Enrollment

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) announced this week that significantly more Maryland high school students are earning college credit before graduating high school. Dual enrollments at community colleges jumped 20% in fall 2014 compared to the prior year. Dual enrollment programs allow students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college. “Saving time and money is just part of what dual enrollment is all about,” said Dr. Bernie Sadusky, Executive Director of MACC. “Dually…

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MACo Features Innovations in Education at Winter Conference

Photo: Senator Mac Middleton and Betty Weller, President, Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), Chris Parts, US Green Building Council, Maryland Chapter At the 2013 Winter Conference, MACo featured new programs and initiatives that may create possibilities for more unconventional educational options in Maryland. Panelists engaged in a broad-based discussion of topics that challenge some traditional notions of schooling.  Senator Mac Middleton facilitated the discussion. Val Emrich, Director of Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education…

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Free Online Educational Workshops Offered to County Officials

Join thousands of county officials and staff around the country in timely, practical education in one or more of the many topics on NACo’s agenda. Register by linking to the webinar(s) from the list that follows.  When you join the webinar, you’ll hear the presentation live by your choice of either phone or computer, and you’ll see the presentation on your computer screen. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Odorimah, Education and Training…

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“Last Day” Issues Wrap Up

As reported yesterday by MACo, a number of issues with county effect remained in play prior to the midnight deadline for the General Assembly session.  Below is an overview of how each of those bills ultimately played out: Maintenance of Effort – As reported yesterday, three bills were awaiting  final action. MACo supported HB 44 and SB 53 as a legislative initiative, to expand and balance the process for considering county MOE waiver requests —and…

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Montgomery County Response Filed on MOE Debate

Montgomery County has filed its response to the recent petition before the State Board of Education, seeking "clarifications" to the maintenance of effort laws. The State Board has yet to indicate a definitive path toward resolution for these issues (questioning the process for a county that may be unable to meet MOE for a given year, and questioning the ability of county councils to cut the education budget). Board of Education of Montgomery County -…

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