Anne Arundel County school board delays Crofton redistricting vote

The Anne Arundel County school board on Wednesday delayed its vote to move the superintendent’s Crofton redistricting proposal forward to public hearing. Board members instead voted to hold a workshop to glean more information about school enrollment, attendance zone lines, and other factors that will affect the massive redistricting project. But the delay could threaten the board’s Jan. 30 deadline to move a proposal forward to public hearing. (Balt. Sun)

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Weed for classrooms? Md. lawmakers to debate issue in General Assembly

On the first day of the Maryland General Assembly, lawmakers got busy pitching ideas, including how to tackle big-ticket items such as education. State Sen. Craig Zucker said one of his goals is “to make Maryland schools No. 1 again.” Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wanted to see more money for pre-K, and said the county also needed millions of dollars in capital investment. “We have really large capital needs — almost $800 million in a backlog in construction — and we need support to deal with that,” Elrich said. (WTOP)

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Howard schools system extends free meal offer to families affected by federal government shutdown

Howard County schools are offering to help feed children of families affected by the federal government shutdown. This week the school system said families that have lost pay due to the shutdown can immediately apply to the system’s free and reduced meals program — or FARMs. "No child should go hungry and no parent should fear their child will not eat because they cannot afford to pay for meals during this government shutdown period," Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel teachers take control at public budget hearing

Nearly 100 Anne Arundel County teachers skipped dinner, called out from second and third jobs, and took a break from grading papers to ask the Board of Education for more money at its first public budget hearing of the new year. The hearing, the first of two this week, was held at Old Mill High School, which has been on the district’s construction to-do list for more than a decade. Superintendent George Arlotto has requested $10 million to design a new high school, as part of his $172 million recommended capital improvement budget. (Capital)

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Baltimore school board votes to close five schools

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to close five schools, adding to the dozens that have been shuttered in the district over the past decade. The district will close Gilmor Elementary, Monarch Academy, Northwood Appold Community Academy, and Roots and Branches at the end of this school year, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary/Middle at the end of the following year. The board previously voted to close Banneker Blake Academy at the end of this school year. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County school board approves contracts for Chadwick construction, roofs for Johnnycake and Hillcrest

The Baltimore County Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday approved contracts related to the construction of a replacement building for Chadwick Elementary School, a new roof for Johnnycake Elementary School and a partial roof replacement for Hillcrest Elementary School. The board approved a package of eight contracts at a total cost of $31.1 million for the construction of a new Chadwick Elementary building. The package of contracts includes awards for masonry, concrete pouring, electrical work, mechanical work, testing and inspection services, and food service equipment. (Balt. Sun)

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Tech, BISFA to add educational programs

Washington County Technical High School and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts will soon have new offerings for area students. Starting in the fall of the 2020-21 school year, Tech High students will be able to study two new programs. One is advanced manufacturing, and the other is artificial intelligence, or AI, and cloud computing. BIFSA students will be able to take expanded and updated course programs on computer game development and animation, along with digital communications. (Herald-Mail)

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Baltimore school board will vote Tuesday on recommended closures

The Baltimore school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the futures of five schools, potentially bringing the number of schools closed in the district since 2004 to 75. The district is recommending the closing of Gilmor Elementary, Monarch Academy, Northwood Appold Community Academy, and Roots and Branches at the end of the year, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary/Middle at the end of the following year. The board has previously voted to close Banneker Blake Academy at the end of this school year.

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