Education funding comments dominate at Carroll County budget public hearing Monday

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on their proposed fiscal year 2020 budget Monday night, hearing numerous comments regarding education funding, before a crowd of several dozen in the theater at Carroll Community College. After weeks of balancing needs, requests and spending cuts to make up for revenues that fell short of expectations, the commissioners voted to approve a proposed $417.5 million budget on April 23. Since then, County Budget Director Ted Zaleski has held five community forums at branches of the Carroll County Public Library to discuss the proposed budget with the community. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Plan to Fully Fund MCPS Budget Passes Council

Anticipating additional state funding, the Montgomery County Council on Monday added $16 million to the amount of money requested by the county’s school system for its 2020 budget. “Education is incredibly important. It starts with our very young children, and giving them all they need to be able to be successful,” said Craig Rice, the council’s Education & Culture Committee chairman. The unanimous council vote, made as members were putting finishing touches on a number of budget categories, sets aside $2.68 billion for the state’s largest school system and is millions more than requested by the Board of Education. (Bethesda)

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See the top-ranked high schools for 2019 in Greater Washington

If there's one thing that Amazon.com Inc.'s impending arrival of HQ2 tells us, it's that this region must focus on workforce talent. And for most of us D.C.-area overachievers, that starts early. Enter the newly released 2019 ranking for top high schools in Greater Washington, courtesy U.S. News & World Report's annual national lineup. This year, the publication ranked more than 17,000 schools across the country based on six weighted factors that are listed below, and many D.C.-area schools scored highly, a characteristic of our region that attracted Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) in the first place. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Speakers urge Harford council to fully fund school budget request at public hearing on FY20 county budget

At a time when superheroes occupy the screens in cinemas around the country, several of the many speakers who participated in a public hearing on the fiscal 2020 Harford County budget Thursday evening urged County Council members to be gallant themselves and fully fund the Board of Education’s budget request. “I am here to ask you to be the heroes of Harford County,” Heather Sewell, a Fallston resident and Youth’s Benefit Elementary School parent, told the seven-member council. (Aegis) 

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County Executive Ball addresses questions about his Howard schools budget

In order to fully fund the school system’s budget request, Howard County would have to either raise taxes or eliminate another department’s budget entirely, County Executive Calvin Ball said in a Facebook post Monday morning. “There have been a lot of questions about my proposed operating budget for the school system, and I hope the following answers some of them,” Ball wrote in the post. In his inaugural budget cycle, Ball has proposed $605.2 million toward the school system’s operating budget for fiscal 2020. The proposal increases county funding by $16.2 million and “fully funds our commitments to our educators,” Ball wrote. (Ho. Co. Times)

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NAACP: Search For Coppin State President Lacks Transparency

The president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP says the chair of the search committee for a new Coppin State University president has agreed to meet with him after he complained about the search process. The Baltimore Sun reports that NAACP branch President Kobi Little said the chair agreed to meet with him during the search committee’s first public meeting on Thursday. (WJZ-TV)

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‘Everything’s Going To Be Perfect’ - New Playground Built For Students At Maree G. Farring Elementary And Middle School

Kids in south Baltimore are getting a new place to play. After an arsonist destroyed one of the only remaining playgrounds in the neighborhood, volunteers stepped to the plate for the kids of Brooklyn. The playground was built in a day at Maree G. Farring Elementary School thanks to a grant from Kaboom and the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. (WJZ-TV)

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WCPS Teacher of the Year focuses on student relationships

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a system of order in Joshua Edwards’ classroom. The oversized space at Clear Spring High School often accommodates three to four separate visual art classes simultaneously and to the untrained eye, it can be hard to decipher who belongs where. Students often cross into different areas and grab supplies from wherever they need as Edwards moves between them all, working on his own projects, answering questions and giving instructions when needed. (Herald Mail)

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