Jul 11, 2012

Schmidt re-elected head of Balt. Co. school board

Lawrence E. Schmidt, a partner at the Towson law firm of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt LLC, has been re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the Baltimore County Board of Education. Schmidt said his immediate goal is to build and strengthen the relationship of the board and the community with S. Dallas Dance, […]

Jun 28, 2012

Craig A. Thompson: Bullying deserves our attention and action

The recent deaths by suicide of students in Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and other places have placed the issue of bullying back in the public arena. State and local governments, schools and community groups have worked to create a more peaceful school environment for our youth. According to researchers, there is a strong […]

Jun 26, 2012

Rawlings-Blake to sign bottle tax to fund schools

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to sign into law an increased bottle tax to renovate the city’s crumbling schools. Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to join schools CEO Andres Alonso and education advocates at Northwood Elementary School on Tuesday. She will sign the “Better Schools Initiative” into law. It raises the tax on bottled beverages from 2 […]

Jun 15, 2012

Washington Co. schools could see more use of iPads

HAGERSTOWN — The number of iPads being used in Washington County Public Schools could significantly increase in the next school year, according to Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. A request for the Washington County Board of Education to approve the purchase of new French and German textbooks during a meeting this month led to a discussion […]

May 25, 2012

Prince George’s budget boosts spending on schools

UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council has adopted a $2.7 billion budget that increases spending on schools and includes bonuses for county employees. Under the budget unanimously adopted Thursday, the public school system’s operating budget will increase 3.1 percent to about $1.6 billion. School officials hope to use about $18 million to pay […]

May 8, 2012

Report: Schools key to fighting America’s obesity

WASHINGTON — Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation’s obesity battle, but to trim Americans’ waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says. Two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost a third of children are either overweight or obese, and progress to stop this epidemic has been […]

Apr 16, 2012

Grasmick named to SEED Foundation board

Nancy S. Grasmick has been elected to the board of directors for the Washington, D.C.-based SEED Foundation, which partners with urban communities to prepare underserved students for college and beyond. Grasmick was Maryland’s first female state superintendent of schools and became the U.S.’s longest serving appointed schools chief before her retirement last June. Grasmick received […]

Apr 12, 2012

Frederick schools to close 1 day for G8 summit

FREDERICK — Frederick County public school students are expected to have a day off in May because the G-8 summit being held at Camp David in Thurmont. The Frederick News-Post reports that Sheriff Chuck Jenkins asked for the schools to be closed May 18th, a Friday, because of safety concerns. The summit is scheduled for […]

Apr 11, 2012

Garrett County may close 2 elementary schools

OAKLAND — The interim superintendent of schools in Garrett County is recommending two elementary schools be closed due to a lack of state funding. The Cumberland Times-News reports Sue Waggoner recommended Tuesday that Dennett Road and Kitzmiller elementary schools be closed. The county stands to lose $1.5 million in state assistance in fiscal year 2012 […]

Apr 9, 2012

A look at bills passed by the Md. General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS — A glance at some measures approved by the Maryland General Assembly so far: SEPTIC SYSTEM LIMITATIONS The legislature passed a watered-down version of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to limit where new residential septic systems can be located, especially in the most rural part of the states. Under the legislation, counties would be directed […]

Apr 5, 2012

House passes $1.1B capital budget

ANNAPOLIS — With tempers flaring, the Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday approved authorizing $1.1 billion in borrowing for the state’s capital budget. The House passed the bill on a 97-41 vote, mostly along party lines. The capital budget, which pays for infrastructure projects, accelerates borrowing in an effort to spur construction work and create […]

Mar 29, 2012

City council panel approves property tax cut plan

A Baltimore City Council committee has approved Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposed property tax cut that would mostly be paid for with slots revenue. The plan approved Wednesday calls for a newly created homeowners tax credit program that Rawlings-Blake says would be paid for with money generated by slots and by reducing spending over the next […]

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