Witnesses pack Maryland hearing on $4 billion education spending plan

Crowds chanting “Our kids can’t wait!” jammed into a designated area for rallies not far from the Maryland State House in Annapolis. It was part of a “pep rally” on Monday for the $4 billion plan designed to reform education in the state. Hundreds of teachers, students and education advocates attended the events on Presidents Day. The “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” — the focus of the joint committee hearing — would add teachers, boost their pay with a proposed $60,000 starting salary, and expand pre-K programming. (WTOP)

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Key questions about the Kirwan Commission and the debate over funding Maryland’s public schools

Politicians and educational advocates are debating the merits — and costs — of recommendations for Maryland’s public schools made by the Kirwan Commission. Here are answers to some key questions about one of Maryland’s most significant public policy issues. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford Executive Glassman Proposes Phase-in of Kirwan Recommendations in Baltimore City, Raising Teacher Salaries Statewide

In testimony today before Maryland legislators, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman supported the Kirwan Commission’s goals for education and proposed piloting its entire plan in Baltimore City while continuing its ramp up of teacher salaries statewide. (Dagger)

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Bowie State University Opens Food Pantry Lounge That Feeds Students For Free

Bowie State University, working with Food Lion, announced Monday it is opening a new on-campus nutrition lounge supplying free and healthy foods. Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer donated $10,000 to get the space up and running. (WJZ)

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South High band alumni send message of love to former director

For nearly 20 years, Bradley Smith showed his love for South Hagerstown High School marching band members by guiding them in ways they didn't always fully understand. On Monday night, his students returned the affection in one big loud party. Smith, who was director of the Rebel Band from 1975 to 1994, is under hospice care at his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Herald-Mail)

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Warning of Anti-Reform Forces, Kirwan Tells Rally ‘We Must Band Together’ 

As the General Assembly’s money committees engaged in a day-long hearing on education funding, hundreds of parents, students and teachers rallied near the State House Monday in support of a proposal to pump billions of dollars into Maryland classrooms. Speakers complained of overcrowded classrooms, crumbling buildings, and subpar academic and extracurricular offerings — and they urged lawmakers to back the recommendations crafted by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, known as the Kirwan Commission after its chairman, former University of Maryland chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan. (Md Matters)

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Students failing, teachers fleeing: In Md., calls for sweeping — and expensive — education reform

embers of a landmark Maryland education commission on Monday painted a bleak picture of the state’s education system, one in which students are failing and teachers are fleeing, and warned that without drastic reforms by the General Assembly the state’s economy will face dire consequences. (Wash Post)

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UMD panel focuses on legal implications of the coronavirus

As the world faces a potential coronavirus pandemic, a panel of law professors and a doctor from the University of Maryland on Monday discussed the legal implications of the virus and the steps policymakers should take to contain it. Law professor Peter G. Danchin, who co-directs the law school’s International and Comparative Law program, focused on international laws that protect people’s freedom of movement among countries — but said the laws often give ground to policy decisions made by individual nations. (Daily Record)

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