Baltimore school board to reconsider position on armed school police

Days after a staff member was shot inside a Baltimore high school, the city school board will reconsider its position on whether school police officers should be allowed to carry weapons during the school day. Board members will discuss House Bill 31 — which aimed to overturn a prohibition on school police officers carrying guns — during Tuesday night’s public meeting. The legislation was withdrawn after the board unanimously voted to oppose the bill three weeks ago. State Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, its sponsor, said she couldn’t move forward without local support. (Balt. Sun)

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FCPS receives grant funding to build security vestibules in six schools

Frederick County Public Schools staff is seeking approval from the Board of Education on Wednesday to use $468,000 in grant funding to construct security vestibules at six schools. Acceptance of the grant would require additional local funds to move forward with the construction. In 2018, 19 FCPS schools didn’t have security vestibules, which poses a potential safety risk, FCPS believes, because it makes it more difficult for a school to control its visitors. (News-Post)

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Morgan State Sets To Blast Off With New University Rocketry Program

Morgan State University received a $1.6 million grant from Base 11 to start a rocketry program Monday and students WJZ spoke with said the opportunity was big, or in other words: astronomical. It starts with a dream in a new age. Morgan State – winners of the Base 11 national competition – Now dawning as the first University Rocketry team. The goal is to build and launch a liquid-fueled rocket. Build and launch a liquid-fueled rocket that can reach an altitude of 100 kilometers – the edge of space. “The 1.6 million dollars is going to Morgan State infrastructure so we can build rockets and to let everyone know that anyone can do this,” Leland Melvin said. (WJZ-CBS)

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Annapolis school overcrowding still up for debate after a year

The City Council postponed a vote Monday night on legislation aimed at keeping schools from overcrowding, extending a year of debate. Mayor Gavin Buckley asked his fellow councilors for more time to talk with state and county legislators about ways to alleviate overcrowding in schools without restricting the kinds of housing available in the city. “I’m not ready to pull the drawbridge up yet,” he said. (Capital)

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Baltimore edtech Allovue raises $4 million

Baltimore edtech Allovue has raised $4 million in new funding, adding to the total of its $7 million Series A round that closed last year. The Series A-2 round announced Monday was led by Australian investment banking firm Macquarie Capital. Previous investors include New York-based Rethink Education and Oakland, California-based Kapor Capital. Allovue has raised $13 million since it was founded in 2013. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Local tax hike could drive extra $145 million to Anne Arundel schools, state experts say

Anne Arundel County could generate an additional $145 million every year by imposing the maximum local income tax rate — 3.2 percent — like neighboring Prince George’s, Montgomery and Howard counties, said policy experts from the Department of Legislative Services. Local delegates serving on Anne Arundel County’s education subcommittee discussed state aid at a Monday afternoon hearing. Anne Arundel has the third-lowest local income tax rate in the state at 2.5 percent. Del. Sandy Bartlett, committee chair, said the issue of tax hikes will be on the table for lawmakers in one of the state’s most fiscally conservative jurisdictions. (Capital)

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‘A huge weight off of my shoulders’: Virginia church pays Howard students’ debt

Mya Thompson doesn’t get much sleep. The 25-year-old senior is enrolled in seven classes at Howard University. Some days, she has class from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with only enough time to pick up her 6-year-old son, Ma’Khi, from school and to eat before her overnight shift as a dispatcher for D.C. 911 emergency services. She has to choose between eating, sleeping or studying during her limited breaks. Thompson arrives home before dawn — 5 a.m., maybe 6 a.m., depending on how busy work is — and sleeps for a few hours before repeating the routine. (Wash. Post)

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Former military hospital in Baltimore near Hopkins campus to get new life as academic center

Johns Hopkins University now plans to make over a 1930s-era hospital building on the edge of its Homewood campus that was originally established by Congress to care for sick and disabled seamen for academic purposes. The building, originally the 290-bed Baltimore Marine Hospital, has served many public, private, university purposes over the decades. It was marked for demolition at one point to make way for several Hopkins health system buildings, but university officials now say they plan to keep the structure. (Balt. Sun)

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