Teachers union president wants to be voice for Anne Arundel teachers

The Board of Education has nine days until it will vote on the Anne Arundel County schools superintendent’s $1.26 billion budget request for 2020 – which the teachers union president said is still not enough to meet the needs of more than 6,000 teachers but is closer. “One of our priorities is to try and close the gaps that are existing in teacher pay,” said Russell Leone, president of Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County. “This is the first step.” (Balt. Sun)

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Tempers flare during Maryland school start date debate

On the second day of Senate floor debate over legislation that would give local school districts the option of starting the school year before Labor Day, tempers boiled over. Defending his bill, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Chair Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) could barely contain his anger Friday as he talked about Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s (R) executive order from 2 ½ years ago mandating that all schools open after Labor Day and close by June 15. Pinsky and supporters of his bill have repeatedly contended that Hogan’s executive order robs Maryland school districts of their right to set the school calendar. (WTOP)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses HBCU settlement with Legislative Black Caucus

Gov. Larry Hogan met with members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland on Thursday to discuss a settlement to a long-running dispute over the state's treatment of its historically black colleges, as well as other priorities of the caucus this legislative session. Hogan said after the meeting that HBCUs have his strong support. The governor told reporters the state has "drastically increased funding for all HBCUs, now with this recent budget, five years in a row — far more than the previous administration, which I think surprised the black caucus members that we talked to this morning." (Balt. Sun)

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War Over School Calendar Intensifies: ‘Marylanders Will Have the Final Say’

The State House debate over whether the school year in Maryland should start after Labor Day reached a fevered pitch Thursday. Voting along party lines, the state Senate gave preliminary approval to legislation from Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Chair Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) that would empower local school districts to determine when schools should open. Moments earlier, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) vowed to mount a multi-layered defense of his 2016 executive order mandating that schools everywhere open after Labor Day. It has become a political test of wills for Hogan and the Democrats who control the General Assembly, belying leaders’ regular contention that Maryland does not experience the partisan food fights that have paralyzed the federal government. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore County schools are rapidly adding students. More than half are immigrants or speak another language.

Baltimore County’s school system is absorbing a wave of immigrants that has fueled rising enrollments the past few years, adding thousands of students who teachers say are enriching their schools but also stretching the system to find additional seats and new ways to teach them. Just since Oct. 1, more than 800 new students have enrolled in the county school system — and 550 of them spoke English as their second language. The county school system has grown steadily over the past decade, a sign, Interim Superintendent Verletta White likes to say, that the system is successful and attractive to parents. But the large numbers of new students are also taxing the system’s facilities. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford school board members leaning toward increase in superintendent's budget request to county

There’s a consensus among many members of the Harford County Board of Education that the school system’s budget request being sent to the county executive should be for more than the $467.7 million the superintendent has proposed. How much more remains to be determined, though several said somewhere between $2 million and $4 million, which would enable the school system to reduce the number of teaching position being eliminated. What they really need to do, others said, is work with the entire school community to look long-term at what kind of school system Harford County wants to have. (Aegis)

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Carroll County teachers turn out, make case for raises ahead of budget adoption

More than 50 people came to the Wednesday, Feb. 6, public hearing for the Carroll County Board of Education’s proposed 2020 budget, many of them teachers dressed in red who used their three minutes of public comment back to back for nearly an hour to ask for pay raises and the appreciation they say the raises would signify. “I try to avoid being redundant when delivering my messages,” said Carroll County Education Association President Teresa McCulloh, who also spoke about salary increases at the January and December BOE meetings. “However, recently, I have been a recipient at many meetings in several settings of repeated promises, pledges and vows from elected officials. I continue to hear over and over that educators’ raises and compensation is a top priority,” she said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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McDaniel College president to serve on 2 national boards

McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey has been appointed to serve on two national boards for higher education. He has been elected as both vice chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and to the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education (ACE). Casey was unanimously nominated by the executive committee of NAICU, independent higher education’s largest policy and advocacy group, to serve as vice chair of the organization’s board of directors. The election took place at the NAICU 2019 Annual Meeting, Feb. 3-6, in Washington. (Daily Record)

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