Md. Governor Moves to Expand Career Training Education

Annapolis, Md. — Maryland has eight public high schools that offer students career training in tech along with the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree — tuition-free — while still in high school. Citing what he says is the success of those eight “PTECH” schools, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says it’s time to remove the barriers to expanding the “Pathways in Technology Early College High School” program. (WTOP)

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New Md. education funding formulas delayed

A Maryland commission won’t finish recommendations on new funding formulas for K-12 education in time for legislative action next year, delaying a major effort to increase the formulas for the first time since 2002 and disappointing supporters. The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education had been aiming to recommend policies and funding formulas before the General Assembly gathers next month for its 90-day session to give lawmakers a chance to adopt them next year. (Star Dem.)

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Baltimore School Employees Speak Out After Student Attacks

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Teacher’s Union and Union representing school employees are speaking out Thursday after two workers were assaulted by a student the previous day. Unions representing teachers, workers, and administrative staff all weighed in after the latest attack, with all of them upset and in disbelief that attacks keep happening. (WJZ-TV)

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Funding Realities Hit Kirwan Commission. Hard.

"Nobody has backed away from our commitment," said William E. (Brit) Kirwan. The work of the Commission for Innovation and Excellence in Education, or Kirwan Commission, will continue into 2019 after legislative leaders said it had become “virtually impossible” for the panel to settle one of its chief tasks – rewriting the state’s education funding formulas – in time for consideration at the upcoming General Assembly session. (Md. Matters)

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Anne Arundel schools budget includes huge jump in teacher ranks, overall spending

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto is asking for nearly 300 new positions in his proposed fiscal 2020 operating budget. The superintendent recommended a $1.26 billion budget — for capital upgrades and operational costs — a 6 percent increase from last year. The overwhelming majority of those positions — 92 percent —would be allocated to teachers, counselors, bilingual facilitators for English language learners and other professionals who will interact daily with students, according to the budget recommendation Arlotto showed the Board of Education on Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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State Lawmakers Tell Kirwan Commission To Keep Working

Leading Maryland lawmakers are asking a state commission on education to keep working into next year to develop increased funding formulas for K-12 that came with a big price tag. House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller released a letter Wednesday during a meeting of the commission. The panel had aimed to submit the recommendations to lawmakers before the start of the 90-day legislative session next month. (WBAL) 

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Veteran teachers say 'inequitable' pay is driving them out of Anne Arundel classrooms

“We just want to be treated equally,” said North County High School teacher Dennis Sullivan. He grips a skinny, green marker and draws a circle around his annual salary: $62,344. Then Sullivan draws an arrow to another number, several rows down. The 15-year teacher said he should be earning that amount: $73,046. And another North County teacher, Katrina Griffin, said she’s reached her “tipping point.” The veteran teacher has been working in Anne Arundel County for 17 years, but said she’s stuck on a pay step that is five years behind. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford superintendent proposes cutting 179 teaching, administrative positions to close $35 million budget gap

In an effort to close a $35 million gap between revenues and expenses in the Harford County Public Schools budget for the next fiscal year, Superintendent Sean Bulson has proposed cutting 179 positions, he said at a Board of Education meeting Monday night. Bulson said, however, that he hopes no one loses a job. He said he would like to see people in those positions reassigned. (Aegis)

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