Spark Campaign Aims To Help Lower Shore Education

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) recently unveiled its Spark Campaign in honor of the foundation’s 35th anniversary. The campaign aims to provide more than $210,000 in combined funding for the three education foundations serving the Lower Eastern Shore. The Wicomico County Education Foundation, Worcester County Education Foundation and Somerset County Public Schools will be the beneficiaries of this anniversary initiative. (Dispatch)

 

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Proposed county budget includes $15 million for planning and design of a new Lansdowne High School

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s proposed $3.4 billion budget for the county sets aside $15 million for planning and design of a new Lansdowne High School. County officials have said previously that constructing a new high school typically costs around $100 million. Replacing Lansdowne High, which has uneven foundation, issues with ADA compliance, water damage, poor circulation and other issues, has long been a priority for community advocates and elected leaders. (Balt. Sun)

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Plans to transform old Silver Spring Library into childcare center gain steam

Montgomery County officials are finalizing plans to redevelop the old Silver Spring Library into a childcare center as part of a deal that will also bring new affordable homes for seniors to a different section of the county. The county has sought for years to convert the old building along Colesville Road, near downtown Silver Spring, into space for either childcare or senior housing, given the shortage of both options in the area. The space has sat largely empty since the county opened a new Silver Spring Library at 900 Wayne Ave. in 2015. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Prosecutor Subpoenas Student Records as Part of Damascus ‘Hazing Culture’ Investigation

As part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of a “hazing culture” at Damascus High School, the county prosecutor’s office has subpoenaed student records dating to 2013. In a letter sent Sunday to Damascus High School families, school Superintendent Jack Smith said the state’s attorney’s office has subpoenaed records of current and former student-athletes that may contain information about instances of assaults, bullying or hazing. (Bethesda)

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McDaniel Innovation Challenge winner focused on untapped market for women in STEM

Rachael Fox found the seed of a $10,000 business pitch buried in mud and pond water. The McDaniel junior is an environmental studies major. In the fall semester, a female expert in her field visited the classroom, but while they were doing lab work, the expert revealed one of her frustrations to Rachael. Because it’s so difficult to find muck boots and waders in women’s sizes, she is often slowed down by too-big boots that get stuck in the mud and waders that bunch out and let in water. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford executive plans $10.7 million increase in school funding as part of $903.1 million county budget for FY2020

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman plans a $10.7 million increase in operations funding for Harford County Public Schools next year, part of a $903.1 million total county budget he unveiled Monday morning. “This is our first budget in the second term, and we continue to set record levels of funding for education and public safety,” Glassman said as he provided an overview of the budget to Aegis staff Monday at the county administration building in Bel Air. (Aegis)

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Montgomery County schools to hire firm to help investigate issues surrounding sexual assault case

School officials in suburban Maryland will hire an outside firm to help in an investigation of reporting practices and supervision issues following a sexual assault case involving football players who allegedly attacked four of their teammates with a broomstick at Damascus High School. Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith described the move in a letter to Damascus families that included an update on the school system’s internal review and on a broader inquiry by prosecutors after the Oct. 31 incident.

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Legislators With Teaching Backgrounds Bring Big-Picture Thinking to Education Policy

When he was a teacher in West Baltimore, many of state Sen. Bill Ferguson’s students had difficulty coming to school ready to learn – or even getting to school at all. “There was a lot of trauma, issues of violence and neglect in the community that kids brought with them when they came in – inequitable access to resources, transportation issues,” said Ferguson (D-Baltimore City), now vice chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. (Md. Matters)

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