DeVos allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced this week she would no longer enforce a rule that bars religious institutions from providing certain taxpayer-funded services in private schools, saying the restriction ran afoul of a recent high-court decision. Under the federal education law, private schools are entitled to many of the federally funded services that public schools receive, particularly if they educate children who are from low-income households or who are English-language learners. (Wash. Post)

 

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Legislation would require Maryland schools to teach students about becoming donors before they become drivers

Several bills progressing in the Maryland General Assembly would provide support for living organ or tissue donors, and educate high school students about becoming a donor. Sponsored by Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, D-Baltimore City and County, Senate Bill 954 could require county boards of education to begin teaching students about organ donation in public schools starting in the 2020-2021 school year. (Balt. Sun)

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Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged In Nationwide College Admissions Scheme

Two well-known actresses are among 50 people charged in the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” the U.S. Attorney in Boston announced Tuesday. Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, of ABC’s “Full House,” are two of 33 parents charged in the scheme that included ACT and SAT exam administrators, an exam proctor, one college administrator and nine coaches at elite schools. (CBS)

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Md. lawmakers promise funding — now and in the future — at ‘March for Our Schools’

The sea of red shirts stretched down the boulevard leading to Maryland’s State House, eventually packed in to stretch from the corner of the tax collector’s office and across the bridge over College Creek. Maryland teachers, students and parents – an estimated 8,500 of them – descended on Annapolis for the “March for Our Schools” on Monday night, the same evening the House of Delegates got a first look at a 2020 budget proposal that includes more than $7 billion for public education. (WTOP)

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Maryland teachers and their boosters rally for increased education funding

Several thousand teachers, parents and students flooded Maryland’s capital Monday night, shutting down roads to rally for a dramatic increase in school funding over the next decade. More than 170 school buses brought education advocates, clad in red T-shirts, to pressure lawmakers to commit billions more to public schools. The long-planned “March for Our Schools” rally took place even after top Democrats promised last week to pump $1 billion into public schools over the next two years. While similar rallies in other states have been tied to teacher strikes in recent years, Maryland’s teachers say the strategy here is a political full-court press to improve schools they say have been chronically underfunded by as much as $2.9 billion per year. (Wash. Post)

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Md. bill would give some students free eyeglasses, exams

Students in Maryland public schools who fail required vision screenings and do not receive recommended services would be provided free eye examinations and eyeglasses by a new Maryland Department of Health program, under legislation expected to be heard by a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 915 and House Bill 1242 would create the Vision for Maryland Program, which would coordinate with Johns Hopkins University, local boards of education and local health departments to carry out the eye exams for students and give glasses to them if necessary. (Daily Record)

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CREST receives $50K in amended state budget, awaits governor's approval

The House Appropriations Committee agreed Friday to allocate $50,000 to Frederick County’s Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology — more commonly called CREST — after it was initially zeroed out in the governor’s budget. The higher education and research center offers courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as accredited internships. However, after missing major milestones in student enrollment, the Maryland Higher Education Commission cut off spending for the school, which threatened to close it within the year. (News-Post)

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Math OK as substitute for coding but foreign language isn't, bill hearing suggests

A proposed amendment changing the vehicle for state Del. April Rose’s legislation to give Maryland public school students more opportunities to pursue coding courses could be an avenue forward for otherwise heavily opposed bills. Rose, R-District 5 (Carroll County), introduced one bill that would authorize county boards of education to allow computer programming language courses to satisfy a student’s foreign language graduation requirement. (Balt. Sun)

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