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Public schools and some private schools will teach students as early as kindergarten about sexual abuse and assault if Gov. Larry Hogan signs a bill headed to his desk. Schools across the state could see the new material as early as next school year.

Education tax credit program passes Maryland Senate

Mar 16, 2016
Rachel Baye

The state Senate passed Wednesday a controversial measure that would offer businesses tax credits in exchange for donations that support scholarships for students to attend private schools. It’s one of a few measures in Annapolis that opponents criticize as pseudo-voucher programs.

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For students like Clarksburg High School senior Angie Nseliema, standardized tests mean a disruption of the normal school routine.

On the first day of state-mandated exams, she missed all her classes for the first half of the day and had substitute teachers the rest of the day.

Governor pushes $400 million in tax cuts

Jan 7, 2016
Rachel Baye


 Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year offers roughly $400 million in new tax cuts, he announced Thursday.

Hogan announced the $17 billion proposal just under a week before lawmakers return to Annapolis for the annual legislative session. Priorities include education and transportation funding, he said.

Public schools are getting back in session around the state. Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young says he won’t run for the 2014 GOP Gubernatorial nomination. The process of filling the State Senate seat left vacant when E. J. Pipkin retired is getting more complicated. Plus: West Nile Virus detected in 3 Baltimore-area humans, the future of campaign financing in Maryland, the future of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, and more.

Amid a surge of shootings in Baltimore, city police have deployed 150 extra officers to keep the streets safe; WYPR Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith says residents may be wondering when officials will consider some sort of “Plan B” to curb the violence. Governor Martin O’Malley gives tentative support to keeping Maryland schools closed until after Labor Day. School lunch prices are going up in Baltimore – for the fourth time in seven years. Two big bull sharks are caught in Southern MD. And more.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen is calling for more scrutiny of the National Security Agency, and for reforms of the Patriot Act. More than 150-thousand Maryland kids are going back to school today, in Frederick and Prince George’s Counties; Washington County schools open on Wednesday, and most other public schools start class a week from today. Plus: the latest on the 2014 Governor’s race, the creation of a task force to study the idea of regional transportation authorities, the Maryland context of Eric Holder's sentencing policies, and demolition of Baltimore’s vacants. And more.

Governor Martin O'Malley today will detail some $150-million in transportation projects on the Eastern Shore. The developer of Baltimore’s Harbor Point is planning to buy the city's initial offering of bonds for the project. A watchdog group alleges 173 cases in which people voted in the same election in Maryland and in Florida. The state Comptroller’s office says MD would see tens of millions of dollars in economic activity if schools didn’t start until after Labor Day. Plus: the discovery of a prehistoric whale along the Potomac river, a rescheduled hearing on Annapolis Alderman Ken Kirby’s candidacy for re-election, a Pentagon report calls the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant a terror target, a land annexation in Frederick, and more.

Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance has laid out ambitious goals for his system; a graduating class of all bilingual students within 10 years and vastly increased use of digital learning tools. Education leaders say the goals are exciting, but they worry about the costs. WYPR’s Gwendolyn Glenn reports.


Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance has laid out ambitious goals for his system: a graduating class of all bilingual students within 10 years and vastly increased use of digital learning tools.