Howard County schools exhaust snow days, will extend academic year four days to June 21

Howard County students will have to wait an extra four days to start summer vacation this June. The county school system announced Monday — following the closure of schools that day due to snow and ice — that all four of its “inclement weather make-up days” have been used. As a result, schools will be in session until June 21. Previously, the system’s 77 schools were scheduled to be dismissed for summer vacation on June 17. Four inclement weather days had been built in for the 2018-2019 calendar in case schools needed to be abruptly closed due to weather. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners, Education Officials Talk State Of Worcester Schools

County leaders and school system officials reaffirmed their commitment to working together as they met last week for a “State of our Schools” address from the superintendent. The Worcester County Commissioners joined the Worcester County Board of Education and school system leadership last Tuesday for a lunch and presentation from Superintendent Lou Taylor. “We look forward to continuing this tradition,” said Bill Gordy, president of the school board. (Dispatch)

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Olszewski invites Hogan to tour Lansdowne High School in bid for more school construction funding

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has invited Gov. Larry Hogan to tour Lansdowne High School to illustrate the need for more school construction funding, according to a letter from Olszewski’s office. “I am pleased to invited you to visit Lansdowne High School with me, so you can see firsthand Baltimore County’s need for more State investments in school construction,” Olszewski says in the letter, dated Feb. 6. The letter indicates that Hogan and Olszewski discussed the visit, and that Olszewski’s staff is going to coordinate with Hogan’s staff to schedule a tour of the southwest Baltimore County school. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore school board to reconsider position on armed school police

Days after a staff member was shot inside a Baltimore high school, the city school board will reconsider its position on whether school police officers should be allowed to carry weapons during the school day. Board members will discuss House Bill 31 — which aimed to overturn a prohibition on school police officers carrying guns — during Tuesday night’s public meeting. The legislation was withdrawn after the board unanimously voted to oppose the bill three weeks ago. State Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, its sponsor, said she couldn’t move forward without local support. (Balt. Sun)

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FCPS receives grant funding to build security vestibules in six schools

Frederick County Public Schools staff is seeking approval from the Board of Education on Wednesday to use $468,000 in grant funding to construct security vestibules at six schools. Acceptance of the grant would require additional local funds to move forward with the construction. In 2018, 19 FCPS schools didn’t have security vestibules, which poses a potential safety risk, FCPS believes, because it makes it more difficult for a school to control its visitors. (News-Post)

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Morgan State Sets To Blast Off With New University Rocketry Program

Morgan State University received a $1.6 million grant from Base 11 to start a rocketry program Monday and students WJZ spoke with said the opportunity was big, or in other words: astronomical. It starts with a dream in a new age. Morgan State – winners of the Base 11 national competition – Now dawning as the first University Rocketry team. The goal is to build and launch a liquid-fueled rocket. Build and launch a liquid-fueled rocket that can reach an altitude of 100 kilometers – the edge of space. “The 1.6 million dollars is going to Morgan State infrastructure so we can build rockets and to let everyone know that anyone can do this,” Leland Melvin said. (WJZ-CBS)

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Annapolis school overcrowding still up for debate after a year

The City Council postponed a vote Monday night on legislation aimed at keeping schools from overcrowding, extending a year of debate. Mayor Gavin Buckley asked his fellow councilors for more time to talk with state and county legislators about ways to alleviate overcrowding in schools without restricting the kinds of housing available in the city. “I’m not ready to pull the drawbridge up yet,” he said. (Capital)

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Baltimore edtech Allovue raises $4 million

Baltimore edtech Allovue has raised $4 million in new funding, adding to the total of its $7 million Series A round that closed last year. The Series A-2 round announced Monday was led by Australian investment banking firm Macquarie Capital. Previous investors include New York-based Rethink Education and Oakland, California-based Kapor Capital. Allovue has raised $13 million since it was founded in 2013. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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