New Eastern Shore Community College president named

A dean at Old Dominion University has been named as the next Eastern Shore Community College president, officials said Tuesday. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced that James M. Shaeffer of Norfolk, Virginia, has been hired to become the next president of Eastern Shore Community College. Shaeffer’s selection is the result of a national search that attracted 92 applicants. (Delmarva)

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Contentious Baltimore Teachers Union election spurs allegations of voter suppression, campaign violations

Thousands of teachers will have the chance Wednesday to vote in the most contentious Baltimore Teachers Union election in years, a race that has divided educators and been peppered with allegations of voter suppression and campaign violations. Union President Marietta English, who first assumed the position in 1998, is running on her record of negotiating the past four contracts. She’s part of the Progressive Caucus, a powerful group within the union. (Balt. Sun)

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Restoring raises the recession took: A $46.5 million proposal in Prince George’s

The interim schools chief in Prince George’s County will try to end a bitter, long-running dispute over compensation by announcing a plan Tuesday to give school employees $46.5 million in raises they missed in the aftermath of the recession. Monica Goldson said the pay hikes would be spread over three years, with about $15.8 million paid this year, on top of regular step increases negotiated by the teacher’s union. The funding would come this year from cuts to central office spending that Goldson has identified and, she said, could require program cuts in the next two years. (Wash. Post)

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Education funding comments dominate at Carroll County budget public hearing Monday

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on their proposed fiscal year 2020 budget Monday night, hearing numerous comments regarding education funding, before a crowd of several dozen in the theater at Carroll Community College. After weeks of balancing needs, requests and spending cuts to make up for revenues that fell short of expectations, the commissioners voted to approve a proposed $417.5 million budget on April 23. Since then, County Budget Director Ted Zaleski has held five community forums at branches of the Carroll County Public Library to discuss the proposed budget with the community. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Plan to Fully Fund MCPS Budget Passes Council

Anticipating additional state funding, the Montgomery County Council on Monday added $16 million to the amount of money requested by the county’s school system for its 2020 budget. “Education is incredibly important. It starts with our very young children, and giving them all they need to be able to be successful,” said Craig Rice, the council’s Education & Culture Committee chairman. The unanimous council vote, made as members were putting finishing touches on a number of budget categories, sets aside $2.68 billion for the state’s largest school system and is millions more than requested by the Board of Education. (Bethesda)

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See the top-ranked high schools for 2019 in Greater Washington

If there's one thing that Amazon.com Inc.'s impending arrival of HQ2 tells us, it's that this region must focus on workforce talent. And for most of us D.C.-area overachievers, that starts early. Enter the newly released 2019 ranking for top high schools in Greater Washington, courtesy U.S. News & World Report's annual national lineup. This year, the publication ranked more than 17,000 schools across the country based on six weighted factors that are listed below, and many D.C.-area schools scored highly, a characteristic of our region that attracted Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) in the first place. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Speakers urge Harford council to fully fund school budget request at public hearing on FY20 county budget

At a time when superheroes occupy the screens in cinemas around the country, several of the many speakers who participated in a public hearing on the fiscal 2020 Harford County budget Thursday evening urged County Council members to be gallant themselves and fully fund the Board of Education’s budget request. “I am here to ask you to be the heroes of Harford County,” Heather Sewell, a Fallston resident and Youth’s Benefit Elementary School parent, told the seven-member council. (Aegis) 

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County Executive Ball addresses questions about his Howard schools budget

In order to fully fund the school system’s budget request, Howard County would have to either raise taxes or eliminate another department’s budget entirely, County Executive Calvin Ball said in a Facebook post Monday morning. “There have been a lot of questions about my proposed operating budget for the school system, and I hope the following answers some of them,” Ball wrote in the post. In his inaugural budget cycle, Ball has proposed $605.2 million toward the school system’s operating budget for fiscal 2020. The proposal increases county funding by $16.2 million and “fully funds our commitments to our educators,” Ball wrote. (Ho. Co. Times)

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