Final two Howard student school board candidates answer questions at student-run forum

The final two student member of the board candidates for the Howard County Board of Education were asked a series of questions at a forum earlier this week, including what utensil would they be. Hannah Witkin, a junior at Long Reach High School, immediately said she would be a spoon because she’s here to “mix things up.” Allison Alston, a Reservoir High School junior, said she would be a sink; while not a traditional utensil, she focused on how water comes from a sink and how important water is in terms of cooking. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. budget with added education funds advances

Maryland would begin investing in a 10-year blueprint to improve public schools, using an education spending bump endorsed Wednesday by the House of Delegates for the coming fiscal year. The House gave preliminary approval to a $46.7 billion budget along with legislation to balance the state’s books. Lawmakers opted to boost education funding in a year that turned out to be more challenging fiscally than they first thought. (AP)

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Bills would permit high school voter registration in Md.

Eligible students could register at their high schools to vote under bills making their way through the state House and Senate. House Bill 423, sponsored by Del. Ariana Kelly, D-Montgomery, and Senate Bill 934,  sponsored by Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher, D-Montgomery, would allow students and teachers at public and private high schools who meet the requirements for voter registration to do so at their respective schools. Each school would designate faculty or staff members to distribute and collect voter registration materials. Those materials would be then submitted to the appropriate state election official within five days of receiving them. (Capital News Service)

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Howard Co. Police To End Aviation Program, Sell Helicopter

In an effort to close a historic $108 million budget deficit in 2020, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Wednesday that county police will end their aviation program. Ball reached the decision in coordination with police officials, and determined there would be no impact to public safety after the program ends on April 30. “I want to thank every member of the HCPD for their help and cooperation, with special thanks to Chief [Lisa] Myers,” Ball said in a statement. “My number one priority is keeping our residents safe. This common-sense change allows us to address our fiscal realities, without sacrificing that safety.” (WBAL-Radio)

 

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Kids Around The World Plan To Skip School This Friday To Demand Action On Climate Change

Young people around the world are not interested in excuses when it comes to dealing with climate change. Every year of their lives has been one of the warmest recorded. Extreme weather events, including floods, wildfires and heat waves, are becoming the new norm. Many believe that, if nothing is done to stop global warming, their generation will be left to deal with catastrophic consequences. That’s why, on March 15, tens of thousands of students worldwide will be cutting class and taking to the streets to demand that elected officials act. (WJZ-TV)

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Longtime Filipino teachers had to leave Baltimore schools amid new U.S. immigration policies. Now, most are back

As the end of the school year approached last June, two dozen Filipino teachers packed up their lives, their children and all their belongings. Their visas were expiring, forcing them to move back to a country they hadn’t called home for years and leave behind the students they cherished in Baltimore. Now, after months of advocacy, most of them have been allowed to return — and they are back in their positions in Baltimore classrooms. School system officials said they were committed to bringing the teachers — most of them in tough-to-fill math, science and special education positions — back to the city. They worked with an immigration firm to get past the red tape and secure visa extensions. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County school board to release final audit report in weeks

The Baltimore County school board promised Wednesday to release a comprehensive audit of its contracts and finances within weeks after growing criticism that it was keeping a draft audit secret for months. The board announced in a news release that it would release the audit in “upcoming weeks — not months.” School board chair Kathleen Causey said in a statement that accountability and transparency are important but that at times “there are legal constraints to transparency.” County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. criticized the board Monday for failing to turn over the draft to the public. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Moving Forward, It’s Progress’ VP Of Alumni Relations Said Of Towson’s New Logo

A change nearly two decades in the making has finally arrived at Towson University. The old Towson University logo is gone and a new, bold TU logo is in. The new logo is in the Calvert pattern of the Maryland flag. “The brand work that has been done here at Towson University is a pretty significant change for this University,” Timm Baldwin, director of marketing, said. “The school has grown dramatically in the Baltimore area. The impact of the University is so much more significant, and it was time the school’s brand reflects some of those changes.” (WJZ-TV)

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