Teacher Pay Dominates Discussion of Proposed ‘Base’ Education Formula

Dramatic boosts proposed for teacher salaries in Maryland may need to be pared back, some members of a workgroup seeking to rewrite the state’s education funding formulas said Thursday. Even so, the 13-member Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup decided to include the salary increases and other teacher incentives in a possible new “foundation” formula, which would guide the bulk of state spending on public education. (Md. Matters)

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‘Growing sense of despair’: A wealthy, diversifying school system in suburban D.C. confronts racism and hate in schools

In some hallways and classrooms, students hurl racist slurs and insults at students of color. One teacher told a U.S.-born student to go back to their country. Nooses have been hung from trees at one school’s entrance, and Ku Klux Klan members have visited campuses. Loudoun County is one of the most affluent places in the country, home to high-caliber schools in the D.C. suburbs. (Wash. Post)

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Bennett High School threat: Student charged after social media post

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says a 16-year-old has been detained after his social media posts implied he wanted to commit a shooting at a local high school. The concerning posts were brought to the attention of the sheriff's office at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to a Friday news release. It was reported that the boy had posted a picture of a gun and a tactical vest along with comments that "implied a desire to commit a shooting " at James M. Bennett High School. (Delmarva)

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A push for more diversity in Frederick County school lessons

Mary Harris has spent the majority of her life in Frederick, including her school years. The 80-year-old attended a segregated primary school and then Lincoln High School — now Lincoln Elementary School in Frederick — the school where black high school children in the county went. It was before integration in the school system began in 1956. (News-Post)

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Deadline Looms For Student Loan Debt Relief Program

Maryland's comptroller says the deadline is approaching for applications for the state's new students loan debt tax credit. The application deadline is Sept. 15. The program is open to anyone working in Maryland who incurred at least $20,000 in debt and has at least $5,000 outstanding. (WBAL)

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Student journalists show who in Baltimore is hit hardest by climate change and why

Over the summer, a platoon of student journalists descended on East Baltimore to explore the impact of the planet’s climate crisis on the people who live in the city’s hottest neighborhood: McElderry Park, as it turns out. Armed with notebooks, cameras and temperature sensors, Code Red project reporters found that heat and humidity reached shocking levels in rowhouse living rooms and bedrooms.

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The warnings about safety came for months. But regulators didn’t force Monument Academy to make changes.

Top D.C. education officials knew for months about safety issues plaguing a charter school that serves some of the city’s most vulnerable children but did not force changes, public records and interviews with school employees show. Students at Monument Academy Public Charter School fought during the school day, routinely destroyed school property and simply left campus without permission. (Wash. Post)

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Virginia university offers free semester to Bahamian students displaced by Dorian

A historically black university in southeastern Virginia is offering a free semester of education to Bahamian students displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Hampton University announced Thursday an agreement to help the University of the Bahamas-North, which serves students from the battered islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. Under the plan, Bahamian students will be able to attend Hampton this fall without charge for tuition, room and board. (Wash. Post)

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