White cuts proposed operating budget after Olszewski warns Baltimore Co. school board of bleak budget outlook

Baltimore County Interim Schools Superintendent Verletta White announced that she was slashing her proposed operating budget by $85 million Tuesday night, only hours after County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., in an unusual move, testified before the school board saying the county is facing tough financial times. Olszewski sent a letter to the school board last week outlining the county’s budget dilemma, but it wasn’t until nearly 11 p.m. during the school board meeting that White presented her revised proposed budget. She said she made the changes at the direction of the board chair and vice chair. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City school board votes 'no' to arming officers

The Baltimore City school board voted unanimously to oppose a measure that would have allowed school police officers to carry weapons during the day. The school board’s vote effectively kills HB31, which would have overturned a previous prohibition on school police officers carrying guns in schools. Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said she would be withdrawing the proposed legislation from the General Assembly. “I can’t move a bill that doesn’t have the support of the school board and the mayor,” she said. “The votes wouldn’t be there.” (Balt. Sun)

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Kevin Durant opening Prince George’s County facility to help kids reach, graduate college

The last time Kevin Durant was here, the walls were uneven and insulation was hanging free. There really wasn’t even a ceiling: just wires and empty space, the very definition of a construction zone. The Golden State Warriors forward will be returning to Prince George’s County on Wednesday, not just for the Warriors’ game Thursday against the Wizards or his first trip in nearly a year to his old neighborhood, but for his first look at the polished new home of College Track at The Durant Center. His visit will be part of the grand opening of an after-school facility that will commit resources and time to helping low-income and underserved students not just reach college — but graduate. (Wash. Post)

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Alumnus, major donor Michael Bloomberg wants private, armed police force patrolling Johns Hopkins University

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York and benefactor of the Johns Hopkins University, said Tuesday it’s “ridiculous” the institution doesn’t have an armed police force. “When you have a city that has the murder rate that Baltimore has, I think it’s ridiculous to think that they shouldn’t be armed,” Bloomberg said of the Hopkins security force. Bloomberg, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, spoke to reporters after closed-door meetings at the State House in Annapolis with Democratic lawmakers and state Attorney General Brian Frosh. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford schools superintendent proposes $467.7 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020

Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson has proposed a $467,678,414 budget for the next fiscal year, an increase of $6 million, or 1.3 percent, over this fiscal year’s budget of $461,667,449. The budget plan includes elimination of 179 positions — 153 instructional and 26 administrative — within the school system, as announced earlier this year. It also includes one step increase and a 1 percent cost of living adjustment. “I believe this is a budget that is responsible considering the financial circumstances of this community and also we can build on in the future and start looking at something we’re growing, not just protecting,” Bulson said. (Aegis)

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So, you want to be a doctor? Northern Baltimore County program teaches children about medicine, health

It’s late afternoon. Already, the small group of four students has put in a full day at school. But donning white lab coats, they remain alert and engaged as they review medical terminology with their instructor. Playing “medical” bingo for prizes of pencils, the students alternately scrunch their faces in concentration and shoot their hands into the air, calling out terms like “antiseptic” and “cervical spine” after their teacher provides the corresponding definition. These Prettyboy Elementary students, ages 7 to 9, are preparing to graduate from the Little Medical School of Baltimore, an enrichment program that’s part of before- and after-school offerings at select area schools and local summer camps. (Balt. Sun)

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Boonsboro High to pilot iPads with keyboards in the spring

In its continued effort to find the right technology for today’s high school students, the Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to replace the current iPads at Boonsboro High School with new ones. The BOE approved the $359,840 purchase 4-0 as part of a consent agenda, in which several items are considered at once. Board Vice President Stan Stouffer and members Jacqueline Fischer and Michael Guessford were not present. Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said the purchase of 1,028 iPads and attachable keyboards was part of the district’s plan to determine what works best for high schoolers: iPads, Chromebooks or a combination. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll County General Assembly delegation announces bond bill for a county turf field

State lawmakers representing Carroll County held a public hearing on county-focused legislation Tuesday, including a bill that would request money from the state for a turf field at the former North Carroll High School. Years ago the Board of County Commissioners set aside up to $500,000 to put a turf field at the North Carroll High School complex, said state Sen. Justin Ready, R-District 5. Each year the Maryland General Assembly sets aside about $15 million in the state’s budget for local projects that help communities across the state, explained Ready, the chairman of the Carroll Senate delegation. (Carr. Co. Times)

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