Hundreds rally for education, urge full funding of Harford schools budget

Cars driving by on Churchville Road and Hickory Avenue honked their horn in support of the people in red, rallying Thursday evening for more funding for Harford County schools. Hundreds gathered in the parking lot adjacent to the Harford County Public Schools headquarters before marching to the Harford County Council chambers, where they planned to urge the council to “Fund15” — fully fund the Harford board of education’s request for a $15 million increase in education funding during a public hearing on the county’s budget. (Aegis)

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Search process for Coppin State president questioned by head of Baltimore branch of NAACP

The president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP charged the University System of Maryland Board of Regents on Thursday with a lack of transparency in its search for a new Coppin State University president. Kobi Little, who heads the Baltimore chapter, said the regents have waited months to start a search and failed to appoint a representative of the NAACP to the search committee. “My concern is about transparency and … about making sure the president of Coppin has the independence and the strength to articulate and advocate a vision that is in the best interests of Coppin,” Little said. (Balt. Sun)

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McDaniel College plans $10M student center renovation

McDaniel College officials will announce plans Friday for a $10 million renovation of Decker College Center, the college’s student center in the middle of the campus in Westminster. Renovation plans include an updated McDaniel Pub fast-casual restaurant and the addition of new student spaces, as well as offices for the Center for Experience and Opportunity, Student Engagement and Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The architect is Marshall Craft Associates of Baltimore and contractor is Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Baltimore. Construction is slated to begin at the end of May with a targeted completion date for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. (Daily Record)

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Mardela School Reconsideration Sought

Requests to restore capital funding for a school project dominated most of this week’s public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and fiscal years 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program for Wicomico County. On Tuesday, parents, educators, students and community leaders gathered in the chambers of the Wicomico County Council to request funding for a renovation project at Mardela Middle and High School be placed back into the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2020-2024. In late April, community members were surprised to learn the money had been removed from County Executive Bob Culver’s proposed planning document because of future funding challenges. (Dispatch)

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Police called to Baltimore County school fight; video appears to show female student arrested facedown

Baltimore County police said Wednesday that they’re reviewing a video of an arrest made at Northwest Academy after officers were called to the school Tuesday to help stop an altercation. In a letter sent home to parents, the school wrote, “There was an altercation involving students and our school resource officer requested additional police assistance. School administration is investigating the incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook and Policy.” (Balt. Sun)

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Rally Planned to Urge Harford County Officials to Increase Education Funding

From the Harford County Education Association: A diverse coalition of education advocates will gather on May 9, 2019 to kick off a campaign to urge the elected officials of Harford County to prioritize education in Harford County and increase funding. A rally will take place before the County Council Budget Hearing at 7 pm. Who: Speakers include Chrystie Crawford-Smick, Harford County teacher and Harford County Education Association President; Joe Voskhul, Former Principal of Bel Air High School and President of the Harford County Board of Education; Dr. Stacey Garringer, Association of Public School Administrators and Supervisors of Harford County; and Joshua Oltarzewski, Harford Technical High School Senior (Dagger)

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Newly formed search committee for next Coppin State president to hold public forum Thursday

The search for a new Coppin State University president will begin Thursday as the University System of Maryland chancellor announced a 19-person team tasked with finding Maria Thompson’s replacement. In a news release, the system wrote that Chancellor Robert Caret “will give the Chancellor’s official Charge to the newly appointed search and screening committee for the new president of Coppin State University.” In January, Thompson announced that she would retire as the university’s president, effective July 1. (Balt. Sun)

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USMH opens doors for new physician assistant program

After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Health Sciences Center formally opened Wednesday. Officials and donors cut the ribbon and toured the facility at 24 N. Walnut St. as part of the ceremony. The center will house a master’s degree in physician assistant program offered by Frostburg State University through the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. “I’m super excited to get started, and I just want to thank you guys so much,” said Zach Schreiber, the last person to speak Wednesday. (Herald-Mail)

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