Hogan allocates $2 million in budget proposal to protect schools from hate crimes

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal includes $2 million for security enhancements at schools and child-care centers, a response to an increase in hate crimes in recent years. If the funds are approved by the Maryland General Assembly, institutions perceived to be vulnerable to hate crimes or attacks would be able to apply for grants to upgrade facilities, hire security guards and teach safety training. Leaders from the region’s Jewish and Muslim communities championed the proposal in a release Thursday issued by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. The money would fund a state grant program created by the legislature in April. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

McDaniel student gets life experience in Maryland Public Television internship

For some at McDaniel College, Jan Term was a chance to take a new type of class, be it one that teaches how to cope with stress or one that thrusts students into the theater experience. But for others, like senior Khadijah Poston, Jan Term was a chance to dip her toe into the workforce. McDaniel’s winter term, known as Jan Term, is a three-week session in-between the fall and spring semesters. One semester of Jan Term is included in each student’s tuition. (Carr. Co. Times)

Read Full Article

Harford Community College nurses, Bel Air officials laud recent Estonia journey

The six women who were nursing students at Harford Community College last semester and went to Narva, Estonia, to teach HIV prevention, had an opportunity this week to share their experiences with Bel Air town officials. The group, joined by their advisers who traveled with them, gave a brief presentation about their trip to the board of town commissioners during Tuesday night’s town meeting. The students have since graduated and several are already in practice. “These six ladies were remarkable ambassadors for Harford Community College and the Town of Bel Air,” Tina Zimmerman, the group’s lead adviser said at the conclusion of the presentation. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

‘Are you alive?’ Trial describes ambush of Maryland teens killed the night before graduation

On one end of the social media exchanges: a Maryland teenager, looking to sell an extra ticket to his high school graduation ceremony the next day. On the other end: four conspirators, who prosecutors say were plotting his murder. The wait inside his Honda Civic on a suburban road 20 miles north of Washington involved more back-and-forth messages, according to the filings, and stretched longer than Shadi Najjar, 17, had expected. Beside him sat his friend, Artem Ziberov, 18, who was also set to graduate from Germantown’s Northwest High School. But the group on the way had only feigned interest in the ticket. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Loaded gun recovered at Baltimore high school

A Baltimore school police officer recovered a loaded gun at Carver Vocational-Technical High School Thursday morning, district officials said. The gun was confiscated after school police received an anonymous tip. The student involved was arrested and taken to Central Booking for processing. “This matter was swiftly under control without incident,” city schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster wrote in a statement. “School safety protocols were followed to ensure a safe teaching and learning environment.” (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

DeVos approves Maryland school accountability plan

Maryland will begin grading all its public schools on a five-star rating system this year under a sweeping rewrite of how schools are held accountable. The new system is part of a plan approved Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary Betsy DeVos’s final approval of Maryland’s plan — and those of 10 other states — came after a tug of war between the Maryland legislature on one side and Gov. Larry Hogan and the state school board on the other. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Education advocates object to proposed budget cuts in MCPS central services

Students and education advocates on Tuesday night argued against budget cuts to offices supporting accelerated instruction and English learners and asked for more funding for counseling services. The Montgomery County Board of Education held its second public hearing on Superintendent Jack Smith’s proposed $2.59 billion budget plan for the school system. Overall, Smith’s budget would boost spending by about 2.7 percent compared to the prior year and includes new investment in dual-language programs and career learning opportunities. (Bethesda)

Read Full Article

Maryland education numbers bode well for WCPS budget

Needing to fill a $5 million revenue gap in next fiscal year's budget, Washington County Public Schools officials were greeted with good news from the state level Wednesday. Newly released state figures show that the county school system would receive nearly $105.5 million in baseline funding, an increase of about $2.1 million over the current year's $103.3 million, according to Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed fiscal 2019 budget. (Herald-Mail)

Read Full Article