Baltimore spending panel approves after-school program funding plan

Baltimore's spending panel approved a deal Wednesday to provide $1.85 million in funding to after-school programs. The five-member Board of Estimates signed off on the plan, which involves the Baltimore City Foundation passing funds to smaller nonprofits, without any debate or comment. The money for the programs had been at the heart of a bitter funding battle between Mayor Catherine Pugh and members of the City Council this summer. (Balt. Sun)

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Teachers union president asks school board to go slow on computer plan

As Harford County Public Schools implement a five-year initiative to provide a tablet-type computer for each student, the Harford teachers union president says that money for that project could be better spent elsewhere. Ryan Burbey, president of the Harford County Education Association, recently told members of the Harford County Board of Education that “the One to One initiative deserves a lot more thinking.” (Aegis)

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New county effort aims to keep students from joining gangs

As Montgomery County wrestles with a rise in gang violence, officials are looking to do more to stop young teens from joining gangs. A new memorandum signed Tuesday outlines cooperation between schools and law enforcement in responding to and exchanging information about criminal incidents at schools. (Bethesda)

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Anne Arundel Board of Education takes up 2018-2019 calendar

Anne Arundel County Public Schools need to cut three days off from next year’s calendar to make a 180-day school year — and after reductions in past years officials said they’ve cut so much, they’re “nipping the bone.” The proposed calendar was presented to the Board of Education Wednesday night. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel schools present capital budget priorities in Annapolis

Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials and County Executive Steve Schuh presented their budget highlights to the Maryland Board of Public Works Wednesday. The presentation focused less on individual projects and more on planning — and how the county is stretching every dollar. Superintendent George Arlotto’s recommended capital budget for fiscal 2019 seeks $216 million for school projects — $58.3 million of that would come from the state if approved. (Capital)

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Frederick County lauded for maintenance at school funding hearing, won't face state funding cut in 2019

It was nearly all praise for Frederick County at a daylong Board of Public Works hearing on public school construction — and late on Wednesday afternoon, county officials learned that their share of state funding for building projects won’t be decreasing next year as expected. The so-called “Beg-a-Thon” at Maryland’s Board of Public Works — an annual marathon meeting where school systems across the state advocate for their share of school construction funding — is usually reserved for a Wednesday in mid-January. But this year’s meeting was held on a balmy October day — a “common sense” change, Gov. Larry Hogan said, because in January the state’s capital budget is already set. (News-Post)

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Washington County schools makes case for $14.8M in construction requests

In an unrivaled show of unity, a large contingent of Washington County officials drew praise Wednesday from the Maryland Board of Public Works for its continued support of the proposed urban-improvement project in downtown Hagerstown. Gov. Larry Hogan, one of three members of the panel, called the county group "the largest and most distinguished delegation" of the state's 24 local jurisdictions who went before the board to outline school construction funding requests for the upcoming year. (Herald-Mail)

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Baltimore County schools make the grade in regional rankings list

Three Towson area high schools are among the Baltimore metropolitan region’s top-rated high schools, according to Niche, a Pittsburgh-based company that ranks schools nationwide. Towson High School, Dulaney High School, in Cockeysville, and the George W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology, a county arts magnet school based in Towson, and are among seven county high schools ranked in the top 25 of Baltimore area schools, according to 2017-18 rankings recently released by Niche. (Towson)

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