Business, Education, Family, Sports

Deborah Phelps, executive director of The Education Foundation of BCPS, honored with Maryland Daily Record distinction for second time

TOWSON, MD—Deborah Phelps, executive director of The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2020 by The Maryland Daily Record. Phelps, whose background includes nearly five decades as an educator and who is also well-known as a motivational speaker and the author of “A Mother for All Seasons,” received the same …


Education, Health, Politics

Governor Hogan issues emergency order to prohibit blanket school closures

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday issued an amended emergency order ensuring that local schools and school systems retain the primary authority to initially determine when to safely reopen their facilities for in-person instruction based on public health guidance. Under an order issued April 5, local health departments continue to have the authority to close any individual facility deemed to …


One BCPS summer meal location added, one closed

TOWSON, MD—Effective, Monday, July 27, a distribution location at Arlington Baptist Church in Windsor Mill will be added to the Baltimore County Public Schools Summer Meals Program. A distribution location at Dogwood Elementary School has been closed due to low participation at that location. The Summer Meals program, offered each year by Baltimore County Public Schools, is providing free meals …

Diverse coalition supports Councilman Marks’ Adequate Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Organizations representing Baltimore County’s educators, principals, and homebuilders all submitted testimony supporting legislation sponsored by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks that would review the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The League of Women Voters also submitted a letter of support. The ordinance regulates development in school districts. Councilman Marks has argued that the ordinance needs to be reformed to …

Overlea High School SRO recognized as National School Resource Officer of The Year

OVERLEA, MD—Baltimore County Police Officer Danielle Moore has been recognized by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) with the 2020 NASRO Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year award. Officer Moore, nominated by her peers, supervisors and school faculty, is recognized as an SRO who has made significant contributions to Baltimore County and Overlea High School, …

Governor Hogan continues to stress vigilance in COVID-19 fight, Superintendent Salmon sets guardrails for schools to reopen

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday evening provided an update to Marylanders on the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery, stressing the need for continued caution and vigilance. The governor was joined by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, who announced that MSDE will extend flexibility to local school systems to determine re-openings while instituting …

Baltimore County Public Schools announces plan for virtual education through January 2021

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools plans to begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual education, following approval secured Tuesday night from the Board of Education of Baltimore County. Following schedules designed by their schools, students will engage in live, virtual instruction with their teachers four days each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday), for 2 – 3.5 hours per day. …

Attorney General Frosh joins coalition seeking to block rule limiting K-12 public school pandemic relief funds

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has joined a coalition of nine attorneys general and several local jurisdictions in filing for a preliminary injunction to block U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ attempt to redirect pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools while litigation is ongoing. The new action comes in light of efforts that reinterpret the …