March 27 // Gov. Hogan proposes additional $23M for Baltimore schools; House budget chair says Assembly has its own plan

Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday he's proposing an additional $23.7 million for Baltimore schools, extra funding he said he'll include in a supplemental budget Monday. The money would be contingent upon the General Assembly passing "accountability legislation" for city schools that would include an audit of the school system's finances, Hogan's office said. City and state officials have been negotiating for weeks about extra aid for city schools, which are facing a $130 million shortfall for next year. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan blasts bill that would limit education reforms

Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday blasted an education reform bill that's moving through the General Assembly, calling it "misguided and horrible." Hogan said the bill — known as the "Protect Our Schools Act" — would thwart "an exciting opportunity to move beyond outdated practices" for reforming schools. The bill would set standards for how to identify low-performing schools, using a combination of test scores and other factors, such as absenteeism and the number of highly qualified teachers. (Balt. Sun)

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Campus firearm-ban bill passes Md. Senate, sent to House

A measure to prohibit anyone from knowingly possessing a firearm on a public college campus in Maryland came a step closer to becoming law Friday when it narrowly passed the state Senate by a vote of 27-20. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration. A violation would be a felony with maximum penalties of three years' imprisonment and/or a $2,500 fine. (Herald-Mail)

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Debate over school board bills continues as session nears close

With a deadline looming in two weeks, Anne Arundel's state lawmakers said Friday they are working to reconcile differing visions for how the county's school board should be selected. The state Senate and House of Delegates have each passed an answer to the decades-long debate. In the House, 14 of the delegation's 15 members voted to support a bill that would produce an eight-member, fully elected Board of Education: seven members elected by councilmanic district and one student member of the board. The full House of Delegates passed the measure March 17. (Capital)

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Hopkins School of Education gets new dean

A prominent scholar at the University of Iowa College of Education will become the new dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education on Aug. 1. Christopher C. Morphew will lead about 130 faculty members and 2,400 students training at Hopkins to become teachers and administrators. He will also lead research aimed at improving educational instruction. (Balt. Sun)

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School officials improve water clarity at well water schools

Corine Frank sends her son to Bodkin Elementary School with two water bottles because he won't drink the water from the school fountain. "It's heavy for him," she said. School staff are trying to make the water more appealing to students. They began flushing out major pipes at Bodkin Elementary, Chesapeake Bay Middle School and Chesapeake High School about two weeks ago, after parents launched an online petition and lobbied school leaders and politicians to clear up the discoloration in schools' water. (Capital)

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Expanded pre-K, 'personalized learning' top priorities for Michael as next Washington County Public Schools chief

Nearly 40 years ago, Boyd Michael faced a big decision that has shaped his life as it exists today. A fresh graduate of the University of Maryland, Michael saw his career path going in one of two ways — go into the sales and research field or pursue a career in education. "I had opportunities to do both, and I'm glad I ended up pursuing the teaching career," he said. Michael's decision to follow in the footsteps of his parents — both retired Washington County Public Schools teachers — has paid off in a big way. After climbing the ranks over 38 years, Michael was named the school system's next superintendent on Feb. 7. (Herald-Mail)

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Allegany County shows little support for BOE budget increase

Allegany County Board of Education officials are getting little in the way of encouragement from the Allegany County Commission on a budget increase for fiscal 2018. Officials from the school board presented their 2018 operating budget to the commissioners Thursday at the county office complex on Kelly Road. David Cox, superintendent of schools, presented the $111.7 million budget request, including a $1.1 million increase from the county. The 4.6 percent increase would bring the county's total funding to $31.5 million. The remaining funding is covered largely by the state. (Times-News)

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