Education, Opinion, Politics

OPINION: For two years in a row, Annapolis blunders on school construction

The following is an op-ed piece from Fifth District Councilman David Marks. It’s Groundhog Day all over again. Baltimore County, like every other jurisdiction, has a long list of school construction projects. In my district, we desperately need to build the new northeastern middle and elementary schools, as well as the addition at Pine Grove Middle School. For two years …


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Marks, Henn applaud passage of Built to Learn Act

UPDATE: The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Built to Learn ActMaryland General Assembly has passed the Built to Learn Act. Original story below… ——— NOTTINGHAM, MD—On Friday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB1 the “Built to Learn Act.” This bill will invest an additional $2.2 billion into school construction prioritizing schools with the oldest buildings and schools with …


Democrats finally push funds for school construction

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Democratic leaders within Maryland’s General Assembly finally announced plans Wednesday to spend billions of dollars more on public school construction. The so-called “Built to Learn Act” would involve sending an additional $2.2 billion to local governments to help fund renovating and building schools. The money would come from bonds issued by the Maryland Stadium Authority, according to The Baltimore …

Bill allowing 200 townhomes to be built in Middle River withdrawn

MIDDLE RIVER, MD – A bill that would have allowed approximately 200 townhomes to be built along Ebenezer Road in Middle River has been withdrawn. Councilwoman Cathy Bevins announced on Monday that she had withdrawn the bill. “I want to provide an update on Bill 30-19 which I introduced.” Bevins said. “After careful consideration I have decided to withdraw the …

Hundreds sign petition to alleviate overcrowding at Perry Hall Middle School as new housing development looms

PERRY HALL, MD – In the wake of Baltimore County Board of Education’s decision to postpone addressing the overcrowded conditions at Perry Hall Middle School, residents are taking matters into their own hands. Earlier this week, resident Joe Norman created a petition to urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Build to Learn Act and to urge lawmakers to …

Marks, Henn to hold town hall meeting on next steps in middle school construction process

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and Baltimore County Board of Education member Julie Henn will hold a town hall meeting next month to discuss next steps in building the new northeast area (Nottingham) middle school. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Perry Hall Family Worship Center located at …

Councilman Marks: special session should resolve school construction issue

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Wednesday issued the following statement urging state legislators to resolve the lack of state school construction funding: “Governor Larry Hogan has called the Maryland General Assembly back to session so the House of Delegates can name a new Speaker. During that session, the state legislature should complete the business it failed to get done …

Marks, Henn call for Perry Hall Middle School redistricting

Elected officials are calling for a local middle school to be redistricted. On Monday, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned without passing the Build to Learn Act, which would have authorized an additional $400 million or more for school projects. As a result, several planned school projects have been delayed, including the new Nottingham-area middle school and renovations to Pine Grove …