As Howard delegation heads to Annapolis, bills concerning education take center stage

As the Maryland General Assembly convenes in Annapolis on Wednesday, starting its 2020 legislative session, a slew of education bills will be at the forefront of the Howard County delegation’s agenda. Of the 15 Howard bills up for debate in the 2020 session, with an additional one in the drafting stages, eight deal with education, according to the delegation’s webpage. (Balt Sun)

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Letters: Howard redistricting process should have included educators’ perspectives; and more from readers

The Howard County redistricting dust has settled into clumps of varied perspectives: redistricted students would suffer educationally and socially, property values would decrease, diversity should be encouraged, equity of educational opportunity should be addressed through redistricting, etc. There is one perspective that was not sufficiently considered though; that of our students’ educators. (Balt Sun)

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Confusion, ‘misinformation’ over Montgomery County school boundary analysis

Confusion and “misinformation” may be behind many of the hundreds of comments pouring into Montgomery County Public Schools about a pair of hot-button topics on the district’s agenda. One of those issues is a districtwide boundary analysis, in which school officials are gathering detailed information about schools and their geographic boundaries. “The boundary analysis is just that,” Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said during a media briefing Tuesday morning. (WTOP)

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Maryland weather: Drivers should expect fog and icy conditions Wednesday; some schools delayed

Tuesday afternoon snowfall that totaled nearly 5 inches in some parts of the state prompted some Maryland schools to close early and delay openings Wednesday. Baltimore City Public Schools officials announced Wednesday morning the district would be closed due to the inclement weather. The National Weather Service shared reports that included 4.4 inches in Manchester, 1.5 inches in Columbia, 1 inch in Elkridge and Crofton, and half an inch in Baltimore and Forest Hill. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Winds bringing Wild West themes to South Carroll: ‘It’s just fun music’

Maryland Winds will bring a Wild West-themed instrumental performance to the South Carroll community with a performance at Liberty High School on Tuesday, Jan. 14. “The imagery of cowboys and the wide expanses of the West have long captured the imagination of our nation, and our composers,” the group wrote in a news release. Familiar names like Williams, Copland, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Sousa fill the set list. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty High School, at 5855 Bartholow Road in Eldersburg. (Balt Sun)

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Former United Way exec with ties to Pugh takes on new role at UMMS

Chuck Tildon has taken an executive post at the University of Maryland Medical System after stepping away from his position as vice president of external affairs at United Way of Central Maryland last year. Tildon departed United Way after more than 18 years with the organization, most recently serving as the main point of contact between United Way and state and local government officials. He has now taken on a similar title and role at UMMS. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Employee union reaches agreement with Carroll County Public Schools after impasse, mediation

CASE, the employee bargaining unit representing educational support professionals, and Carroll County Public Schools both unanimously ratified an agreement in December, putting an end to a negotiation process that stretched more than a year. After an official impasse was declared in late-October 2019, the union and the school system went into mediation. (Balt Sun)

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Fire in vacant Baltimore City Community College site highlights its troubles

A fire that broke out at the Baltimore City Community College's Bard Building in downtown Baltimore on Sunday night caused damage to the already dilapidated, abandoned building and brought heightened attention to the homeless population using the property and the site's still uncertain future. The college approved a bid in 2017 by developer David Cordish to revamp the 1.1-acre site — vacant for 10 years — by building a glass tower that would house apartments and retail. But little movement has been made since then. (Balt Bus Journal)

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