Md. Democratic lawmakers announce plans to fix schools, inside and out

Members of Maryland’s Democratic state leadership have announced a $2.2 billion “Built to Learn” plan to build new schools and renovate existing buildings. Standing inside the Forest Heights Elementary School, a 66-year-old building that was unable to open in time for the school year because it was in need of renovation, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller said, “Never, never, never in the past 50 years have we had such a commitment to education as we’re going to have this year — it’s going to be astounding.” (WTOP)

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Racist, Sexually-Charged Graffiti Found At Salisbury University

Salisbury University is increasing security following multiple incidences of racist and sexually-charged vandalism on campus. University officials said the most recent vandalism was found at Fulton Hall, which houses a number of administrative offices, classrooms and Delmarva Public Radio. An Instagram post from the university’s NAACP chapter shows a number of messages written on the walls in a stairwell, one of which reads “Sandy Hook Comes to SU” followed by a racial slur. (WJZ)

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Program intended for special education. Instead black students not ready for learning, life

Joshua Worthy never got the chance to attend public school, according to his mother., Marvetta McCray. Instead, Worthy spent 11 years at George Washington Carver Academy, a program Indian River officials previously claimed was designed to help students struggling with "intense" behavioral and academic issues. Indian River School District recently reached an agreement over a civil rights lawsuit that would shut down Carver, which was at the center of the complaint. (Delmarva)

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Harford County Adds 3 School Resource Officers To Elementary Schools

More security will soon come to elementary schools in Harford County thanks to a grant providing funding for additional school resource officers in locations that did not have them. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said it’s troubling but responsible to now have school resource officers in high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. “We’re there to help and we’re there because people felt like we needed to be there,” Gahler said. “So we’re answering the call like we always do and hopefully that conveys to the public.” (WJZ)

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Choking Child Saved By Arcola Elementary School Staff Members

Two staff members at Arcola Elementary School are being credited with saving a choking student’s life. Special education paraeducator Yanette Bravo said she heard students calling for help on Tuesday as a 9-year-old boy choked on his lunch. Bravo, a seven-year employee at Arcola, rushed to the table and immediately began the Heimlich maneuver — a first-aid procedure used when a person is choking. With the help of the school’s health technician, Milagros Gastanaga, she was able to dislodge the food. Students were eating hamburgers for lunch. (Bethesda)

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Baltimore County school board opts for post-Labor Day start, shorter spring break in 2020-21 school year

Baltimore County schools will start the 2020-21 school year the day after Labor Day and end June 18, the school board voted Tuesday night. The decision requires students to start school Sept. 8 and includes a five-day spring break from March 29 to April 2, 2021. If weather disrupts five scheduled school days, students could be in school as late as June 22, 2021. The scheduled holidays Presidents Day, Feb. 15, 2021, and Easter Monday on April 5, 2021, will be used as contingency days if weather closes schools before those holidays. (Balt. Sun)

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'There will be no perfect plan’: Motion to use Martirano’s original Howard school redistricting proposal fails

A motion to continue the ongoing Howard County school redistricting process by starting from Superintendent Michael Martirano’s recommended proposal failed at a school board work session Tuesday night. School board member Sabina Taj made a motion early Tuesday night to go back to Martirano’s proposal. (Balt. Sun)

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Lawyer in the Library program offers free aid in city neighborhoods

When Shantelle Middleton walked into the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Pennsylvania Avenue Tuesday, she didn’t expect to discover lawyers ready to provide information to help with her longstanding divorce and tax issues. “I was actually coming to get my son some PlayStation games, and the lady informed me at the door about this program, so I figured why not kill two birds with one stone,” Middleton said. Each Tuesday, Maryland Legal Aid sends a team of lawyers to the library as part of its Lawyer in the Library program. (Daily Record)

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