A week away from redistricting vote, Howard Board of Education divided on elementary schools

One week out from the redistricting vote, the Howard County Board of Education was divided on several decisions for elementary schools made during Thursday’s nine-hour work session. While motions and consensuses on redistricting decisions have occurred during the school board’s eight work sessions so far, nothing is final until the scheduled Nov. 21 vote. (Balt. Sun)

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Schools grapple with need to provide polling places for special primary to help fill Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

When Maryland school boards built their academic calendars, they knew to factor in a day off on April 28 so that school buildings could be used as polling places for the 2020 primary. But they didn’t anticipate the need to close for another primary early next year. On Feb. 4, voters in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District can cast ballots in a special primary to help fill the seat of Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Oct. 17. (Balt. Sun)

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New school boundaries plans for Montgomery’s upcounty region spark lively hearing

Dozens of parents, students and local officials packed a Montgomery County Public Schools hearing to testify on a plan to shift school boundaries for three high school clusters: Northwest, Clarksburg and Seneca Valley high schools. The second round of options under consideration includes the one favored by Superintendent Jack Smith, known as Option 11a. Take a look at those plans under consideration here. Maryland State Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo testified and said that he didn’t have a position on which option should be adopted. (WTOP)

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Howard County Council Approves Rate Hike On Home Builders To Fund School Construction

The Howard County Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass a bill raising the school facilities surcharge rate, which home builders pay to fund school construction. The county said all revenue raised from the surcharge is dedicated to school construction for the Howard County Public School System. (WJZ-TV)

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Marches, letters, emotions: School redistricting plan roils a suburban Maryland county

The battle in the Maryland suburbs started shortly after Howard County announced a school redistricting plan far more ambitious than many had expected. It didn’t just aspire to relieve crowded schools. In a county that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, it aimed for further socioeconomic integration of schools, so that the neediest students were more spread out, easing concentrations of poverty. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings’ papers, photos, stamp collection to go to his alma mater, Howard University

The vestiges of his long legislative career remain in his Capitol Hill office four weeks after his death: dozens of framed photographs and awards on the wall, position papers and letters amassed during 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elijah Cummings’ widow told The Baltimore Sun that the artifacts would soon be bestowed to Howard University, his alma mater. (Balt. Sun)

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HBCU supporters vow to continue fight for higher lawsuit settlement

Supporters of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities have been fighting for more than a decade and are not going away now, they told the governor and lawmakers at a rally outside the state government complex Wednesday. Black lawmakers, HBCU alumni, activists and other supporters rallied in favor of a proposed half-billion-dollar settlement in a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities between Maryland’s historically black colleges and its traditionally white universities. The supporters favor a settlement of $577 million, while Gov. Larry Hogan has offered to settle the case for $200 million over 10 years. (Daily Record)

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University of Maryland officials followed protocols during adenovirus outbreak but failed to coordinate response efforts

An independent review of the University of Maryland’s handling of a fatal adenovirus outbreak in 2018 found that the health problems that cropped up that fall were never elevated to a campus-wide emergency because different departments weren’t coordinating with each other. The review released Wednesday said the university “handled both the adenovirus outbreak and mold issues as departmental emergencies instead of campus-wide emergencies.” Declaring a campus-wide emergency would have alerted all administrators about the issue, allowing for a more timely university response. (Balt. Sun)

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