Howard County Council passes resolutions to ease future Ellicott City flooding, ‘desegregate’ schools

The Howard County Council voted on a series of bills and resolutions Monday night, spanning from Ellicott City flooding, to calling on the school system to “desegregate” its schools, to safer streets for bikers and pedestrians. The council voted on two resolutions and a bill focused on strengthening development regulations in historic Ellicott City due to two catastrophic floods that ravaged the area since 2016. (Balt. Sun)

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Archbishop Curley High School raising $7 million in new campaign

Archbishop Curley High School has launched a $7 million fundraising campaign to upgrade its facilities and keep up with the rising cost of education for its students. The all-boys Catholic school in East Baltimore has already raised about $5 million toward its goal. The campaign, entitled "Renewing Our Future," includes a $4 million minimum for air conditioning and other capital needs, $1.5 million for financial aid and $1.5 million for pledges to the Franciscan school's annual fund. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baker’s Leadership Program at UMD for Execs Takes Next Steps

On Tuesday, Baker and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy announced that their newly-created Elected Executive Leadership Program, first revealed by Maryland Matters earlier this year, will accept its initial batch of trainees this December. Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural class. University President Wallace D. Loh said the school is excited to have Baker leading the effort. (Md. Matters)

 

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UM receives $3.75 million to study LGBTQ health issues

The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center will study mental health and health care for LGBTQ people as part of a national research effort funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers at the university hope the center’s studies can help support a population that is more likely to deal with mental health issues than the general public because of stigma, especially among younger people. (Daily Record)

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Should charter schools be subject to open-record laws?

The hearing dragged on all day. Eighty-six people signed up to testify about a seemingly esoteric education matter — one that wasn’t an obvious topic to lure droves of people to city hall in the middle of a workday. But to many, the issue hit at the crux of the debate over how charter schools — which are publicly funded and privately operated — should be treated in a city where they educate nearly half of the city’s public school students. (Wash. Post)

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UMES announces new 'test-optional' admissions policy ahead of spring 2020

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced Tuesday it is implementing a “test-optional” admissions policy for applicants whose high school grade-point averages ring in at or above a 3.4. Effective for applicants by spring 2020, the policy aims to allow those with strong academic credentials to no longer rely on college test scores for their admission. (Delmar. Now)

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Maryland Panel Focuses On Helping Students In Poverty

Some members of a Maryland panel on education funding say the state should cover the costs of a proposal aimed at helping students who live in poverty. A work group considering recommendations on how the state shares costs with local jurisdictions for an updated funding formula met Tuesday. Part of what the panel is trying to decide in wide-ranging proposals to improve education is how to pay for services to help students in poverty succeed in school. Splitting those costs with local governments would put a larger burden on jurisdictions like Prince George’s County and Baltimore, where higher numbers of students in poverty live. (WJZ-TV)

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College basketball coaches, players in Maryland conflicted about California’s Fair Pay to Play Act

Juan Dixon would have welcomed the chance to collect a few extra dollars when he starred at Maryland. But a couple decades later, eagerness has been replaced by reservation for the coach of the Coppin State men’s basketball program. Dixon was one of several men’s and women’s coaches at the Baltimore Basketball Media Day hosted by Coppin State who coolly entertained the notion of allowing student-athletes to profit while competing in college sports. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Sept. 30 that outlaws colleges and universities in the state from preventing their athletes from making money off ventures such as endorsements and autograph signings. (Balt. Sun)

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