Montgomery Co. schools will train students to stop blood loss in crisis

It will come as no surprise that school districts nationwide are changing protocols to protect students against mass shootings. Now, schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, are taking it a step further, preparing their staff and some students to “Stop the Bleed.” Through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, the school system will place tourniquets in every elementary, middle and high school. “Just like how we have fire alarms, it is a safety precaution measure, so in case something bad happens, so that we’re prepared to keep our students safe,” said Cara Grant, the supervisor of the district’s health and physical education. (WTOP)

Read Full Article

Leadership Allegany! class participates in Education Day

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Allegany! class of 2019 participated in the program’s annual Education Day co-hosted by the Allegany County Public Schools, Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University and Bishop Walsh School. The day’s theme was “Ensuring Student Success in a Changing World.” ACM president Cynthia Bambara welcomed class members to the college where they heard updates on how ACM is ensuring student success in a changing world through business partnerships. (Times-News)

Read Full Article

Wash. Co., Tri-State schools embracing technology in the classroom

Washington County Public Schools is ahead of the technological curve compared to many other Tri-State school districts, according to officials. The district of around 23,000 students launched its Digital Learning Plan in 2015, with all students grade three to 12 being assigned an iPad by 2016. Last fall, a pilot program with Chromebooks started at North Hagerstown High, with another launching this past spring at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. In January, the board of education approved a replacement program for iPads at Boonsboro High School, as part of a plan to determine what works best for high schoolers. (Herald-Mail)

Read Full Article

Maryland Gov. Hogan announces proposals for school construction and improving low-rated schools

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced two proposals Thursday that he says will improve public education in the state by building new schools and providing opportunities for creativity in turning around low-rated schools. “Education has been and will continue to be our administration’s highest priority because I believe very strongly that every single child in Maryland deserves a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in," Hogan, a Republican, said during a State House news conference. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

School in August? Some Maryland school systems are going for earlier start dates.

In recent years, school leaders in Maryland have had little choice about when they would hold the first day of classes. It had to be after Labor Day, in keeping with an executive order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in 2016. But a new state law has upended the Hogan order, returning decision-making power to local officials. So as school systems draw up academic calendars for 2020-2021, the idea of opening in August is back — with some systems considering start dates a week before Labor Day, even two weeks. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Hogan Hammers Message of Accountability With School Takeover Plan

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced a plan on Thursday to allow local residents to take over schools that receive failing grades in the state’s education accountability system.  It was Hogan’s latest attempt to hammer home the message that he believes education reform in the state must begin with numerous accountability measures. Hogan said he will introduce the “Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools Act” in the 2020 legislative session to address what he sees as a lack of accountability in state education law. (Md. Matters)

Read Full Article

Former Baltimore City School Business Manager Pleads Guilty To Theft Of School Funds

A former teacher and business manager of Mergenthaler Vocational Techincal High School pleaded guilty Thursday to the theft of Baltimore City school funds. Danean Cunningham admitted to stealing about $9,999.99 from Mergenthaler Vocational Techincal High School while employed as the school’s business manager by depositing monies made payable to the school into her personal bank account. As Business Manager, Cunningham was responsible for the collection, recordation and deposit of all school monies. (WJZ-TV)

Read Full Article

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Award For University Of Maryland Sea Grant Program

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced Thursday the award of $1,564,898 for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Sea Grant Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Maryland Sea Grant funds scientific research related to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources with practical applications benefitting Maryland industries, economies and conservation groups. (WJZ-TV)

Read Full Article