Maryland schools eagerly await COVID vaccine OK for kids

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Sept. 20 that a smaller dose of their vaccine was safe for 5- to 11-year-olds, and the FDA set a vaccines advisory committee for Oct. 26 in anticipation of a request for the vaccine’s authorization.

Maryland law would ban hate symbols in public schools

House bill specifically names Confederate flags, swastikas and nooses to be disallowed.

Maryland Department of Education approves standardized testing to start in the spring

The Maryland State Department of Education moved to authorize standardized testing in the Spring. The testing format will be shorter this year and will only include mathematics and english language arts. Both in-person and virtual learners will be required to do testing.

Maryland bill would require therapy dogs to be allowed in public schools

There is currently no statewide policy for the availability of therapy dogs in schools.

Maryland bill would grant mental health days off for students

The bill, sponsored by Del. Alonzo Washington, D- Prince George’s, follows similar legislation in Utah and Oregon.

State House Democrats and educators want gambling revenue to fund public school system

State House democratic leaders and the Maryland State Education Association say more money is needed to meet the needs of the state’s public school system. They’re asking the General Assembly to support a constitutional amendment that would require all of the state’s proceeds from gambling to go to funding public education.

MD public schools eating fresh and local for farm to school week

Caroline County students joined the ranks of Maryland schools celebrating Farm to School Week across the state this week. Students enjoyed both preparing and eating entirely homegrown lunches while learning to support their local businesses.

Hogan Signs Comptroller’s Petition to Push Back School Start Day Past Labor Day

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan added his signature to Comptroller Peter Franchot’s “Let Summer Be Summer” petition Thursday morning, totaling 13,244 people in support of a later start date for public schools.

Challenging Transition to Adulthood for Marylanders With Disabilities

Marylanders with disabilities, like 20-year-old Troy Baisey, face challenges when they leave behind the public school system.

Success of Obama’s Education Initiative in Maryland Unclear

A report on the failings of President Barack Obama’s $4 billion education initiative has evoked conflicting responses about the program’s effectiveness in Maryland.