Leaders of Maryland’s largest jurisdictions come to Annapolis to push for $2.2B school construction bill

Leaders of Maryland’s eight largest local jurisdictions came to Annapolis Thursday to push for a massive increase in school construction funding. They included Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr., Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, all Democrats, who joined Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, a Republican, in testifying in favor of the “Built To Learn” act, which would send $2.2 billion extra to local governments to help pay for renovating and building schools. (Balt. Sun)

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School board begins vetting $2.8 billion budget proposal

The Montgomery County Board of Education on Wednesday began digging into the proposed $2.8 billion operating budget proposal for the next fiscal year. In a presentation, staff members for the first time outlined for the school board in detail the budget. They highlighted last week’s release of Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget, which included $3 million more in funding for MCPS than the school district was expecting. “That’s good news,” MCPS acting Chief Financial Officer Dan Marella said. (Bethesda)

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MCPS reviewing bus stops after serious crashes involving students

Following two pedestrian crashes at or near school bus stops in December, Montgomery County Public Schools officials are reviewing the locations of all stops. On Dec. 12, a 9-year-old Bradley Hills Elementary School student died after being hit by a school bus she had just deboarded. The next morning, a Walter Johnson High School student was critically injured crossing Montrose Road to board a school bus. (Bethesda)

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At boundary analysis meeting in Bethesda, questions about process, transparency

Montgomery County Public Schools officials said they were pleased with the decorum of a meeting about an ongoing review of school boundaries that they feared might be unruly. On Thursday night, approximately 650 people flocked to Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda for the sixth and final community meeting for the first phase of the countywide boundary analysis. The review has sparked tension that has occasionally boiled over at previous meetings. (Bethesda)

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Stevenson University pulls Greenspring campus off the market

Stevenson University has reversed its decision to sell its Greenspring campus. The 60-acre, rural campus at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road was listed for sale in April by the private liberal arts university. The school has expanded on over 100 acres on an entirely new campus about 10 miles away in Owings Mills. The Greenspring campus — formerly Villa Julie College before it changed its name to Stevenson in 2008 — is zoned R.C.2, Baltimore County's most stringent Rural Conservation zone, which restricts development and favors agricultural use. The use of the property for a higher education facility was granted in a special exception with limits not to exceed 2,500 students. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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School District Responds To Lawsuit By Parents Of Jaelynn Willey, Teen Killed In Great Mills High School Shooting

The parents of a teenager killed at Great Mills High School in March 2018 are now suing the school. 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey was shot by her ex-boyfriend who then turned the gun on himself. The lawsuit, filed Friday, states the school had a responsibility to protect Willey and that it failed to do so. Police said Austin Rollins used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot his ex-girlfriend and another 14-year-old boy in a first-floor hallway at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County. (WJZ)

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Students protest closure of DC alternative school

Students and staff from an alternative school in Washington expressed outrage Thursday over the school’s closure. Some students at Washington Metropolitan Opportunity Academy — better known as Washington Met — walked out of class after learning the school would close at the end of the academic year, news outlets reported. The school has served middle and high school students who largely struggled with academics or behavior at other schools. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee proposed the closure in November 2019, citing low enrollment and poor academic results, news outlets reported. (Wash. Post)

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University of Maryland School of Law establishes U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings scholarship

The University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law has established a scholarship in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who graduated from the school in 1976. The Cummings scholarship has an initial endowment of $50,000 and will be awarded annually to one Maryland Carey Law student who has an interest in public service, a record of academic excellence and demonstrated financial need, according to a University of Maryland news release. (Balt. Sun)

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