Maryland speaker says first bill introduced next session will increase school construction funding by $2B

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones announced Saturday morning that the first bill introduced next legislative session will be to dramatically increase funding for public school construction. In a speech to the Legislative Black Caucus, Jones said House Bill 1 next year will provide an increase of $2 billion in state funding for school construction over a decade. The House of Delegates passed a similar bill this past legislative session, but it died in the Senate. (Balt. Sun)

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The District’s public school system faces $23 million deficit, drawing criticism

The District’s public school system is facing a $23 million deficit, drawing criticism from city lawmakers and from the D.C. auditor, who described the shortfall as a “red flag” that suggests a lack of internal controls. Under District law, government agencies cannot carry debt from fiscal year to fiscal year. That gives the school system — with a budget of more than $900 million — until Sept. 30 to plug the hole. The deficit represents about 2.5 percent of the budget. (Wash. Post)

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Former resident named director of admissions at University of Notre Dame

Former LaVale resident Christy Pratt has been appointed director of admissions at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Pratt will succeed Bob Mundy, who is retiring after a 36-year career at Notre Dame. Mundy will assist Pratt in the Notre Dame Enrollment Division before he departs in August. Pratt comes to Notre Dame from the University of Virginia, where she was a senior associate dean for undergraduate admissions. She has 18 years of experience in higher education. Pratt serves on national and regional councils for The College Board and other professional organizations such as QuestBridge and Posse and is often a featured presenter at national enrollment management conferences and events. (Times-News) 

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Garrett College names three staffers to director-level positions

Garrett College recently announced the appointment of three staff members to director-level positions, including two who had been serving in interim director roles. Andrew Harvey is the new director of financial aid while Jennifer Meslener has been named director of the library and learning commons. Both had been interim directors since February. Fred Stemple, who already coordinates distance learning for GC, was appointed academic director of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. (Times-News)

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ACM to offer medical scribe specialist program program

Allegany College of Maryland will launch a medical scribe specialist program through its Medical Administrative Assistant Department. ACM’s medical scribe specialist certificate program is a three-semester, 39 credit hours program that prepares students to work in all manner of health care settings, from physicians’ offices to emergency departments. The program enables students to gain an understanding of basic medical and procedural coding, human biology and disease, pharmacology, principles of medical insurance and terminology. The program requires 80 hours of clinical training to prepare students for real-world challenges. (Times-News)

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Planning Commission reconsiders its fine against Mercy High School for tree cutting

After hearing from lobbyists representing Mercy High School yesterday, the Baltimore Planning Commission voted to “reconsider” the $182,000 fine it leveled against the school for cutting down over 100 trees to make way for a new athletic stadium. The panel’s change of heart – which will open the door for a reduced fine against the Catholic girls school – did not arise from any changed votes. Instead, four members of the commission, who were not present at the May 31 meeting when the fine was imposed, agreed to support the reconsideration. (Brew)

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Students start Black Student Union at North Hagerstown High

Before incoming senior Jose Cook graduates from North Hagerstown High School, he wants to ensure that future students of color and their classmates have a place at the school to feel safe, heard and understood. That’s why he and several of his friends on the school’s track team decided to start a Black Student Union at the school, one of the first in Washington County, which was approved by North High’s Student Government Association May 30. (Herald Mail)

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County may withhold funds over delinquent BOE audit

Officials with Allegany County may resort to withholding funding from the local school board over a financial audit that is nearly a year late. Jason Bennett, director of finance for the county, gave an update on the Allegany County Board of Education’s audit at Thursday’s regular meeting of the county commissioners. Bennett said the delinquent 2018 BOE audit — which was due Sept. 30 — is negatively impacting the ability of the county to complete its state and federal audits. (Times-News)

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