Speakers urge Harford County Council to find ways to raise revenue, support full funding for schools

Several members of the public, including citizen advocates and representatives of employee organizations, urged members of the Harford County Council on Tuesday to work with them to ensure full funding for the Harford County Board of Education’s $472.7 million fiscal year 2020 operating budget request, as well as to find ways to raise more revenue to fund quality public schools in the coming years. (Aegis)

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Federal opioid task force visits Johns Hopkins to learn about stemming epidemic

Those with a substance use disorder have a hard time getting treatment without insurance, which they can’t get without ID that often requires on a lost birth certificate. Even if they can access treatment, they sometimes can’t focus on their recovery if they don’t have a place to live, are hungry or suffer other mental and chronic health conditions. Some may have disappointed themselves by failing at treatment before, but they can’t stop craving heroin that they suspect is laced with the far more powerful, and often deadly, fentanyl. No one may have provided them with the overdose treatment naloxone. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland school funding legislation calls for $1 billion over two years to start meeting Kirwan goals

Democratic leaders in the General Assembly introduced legislation Monday that would boost funding in Maryland’s public schools by hundreds of millions to pay for ambitious education proposals. The so-called Blueprint for Maryland’s Future — introduced by House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller — would provide more than $1 billion in funding from the state budget over the next two years to begin implementing the recommendations from a commission studying how to best improve the state’s schools. (Balt. Sun) 

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Maryland delegates consider bill that would provide 'recourse' for sex abuse victims, says Key School alum

One month after Annapolis’ Key School released a scathing report that described 20 years of abuse of students by teachers, Maryland delegates are considering a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to file civil claims. The legislation would provide survivors a pathway to justice, said Carolyn Surrick, who said she experienced abuse as a student at Key School.  “For some of us, it was decades before we were able to really understand how cruel and pathological these men were,” Surrick told members of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. “And it took that long because the predators did what predators do: they told us that we were special, very special. They said that we were beautiful. We were smart. We were powerful.” (Balt. Sun)

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Schools chancellor nominee appears poised to win D.C. Council support

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s pick to lead the District’s public schools appears poised for confirmation by the D.C. Council, with a majority of the 13 members indicating they plan to vote Tuesday for Lewis D. Ferebee as the city’s next chancellor. The D.C. Council is scheduled to determine Ferebee’s fate nearly two months after he moved to the District to serve as acting chancellor. (Wash. Post)

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School Notes: Hood senior wins honors award in Maryland

Maisha Khan, a senior at Hood College, won the Maryland Portz Award for the top honors student at a four-year college in the state. Khan presented her research “Development of an Assay for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Coxiella burnetii” for the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference at Morgan State University over the weekend to earn the award. (News-Post)

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Proposed commission would study 'fair treatment' of Maryland college athletes, including unionizing, payment

Del. Brooke Lierman on Friday moved to amend her legislation that would have authorized Maryland college athletes to unionize in favor of creating a commission to study how best to ensure fair treatment of student athletes. The Baltimore Democrat’s move to create the commission is an acknowledgment her legislation pushing unionization is unlikely to pass this year, while attempting to build momentum for future years. (Balt. Sun)

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FSU advanced health care career programs continue to grow

Intent on implementing and expanding academic programs that address student and workforce demand, Frostburg State University continues to develop programs that address health care needs in the region and the state. In fall 2018, the first students enrolled in FSU’s two new nurse practitioner concentrations within the Master of Science in nursing, in family practice and psychiatric/mental health. Both are hybrid programs, which combine online and face-to-face meetings. They are designed for bachelor’s in nursing graduates and have a particular focus on serving rural and medically underserved areas. (Times-News)

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