Weekly News Roundup: State Funding Issues, Charter School Applications, PARCC Scores

With budget surpluses on the horizon, Democrat lawmakers are urging Governor Hogan to release the $68 million in GCEI education funds he withheld in May. The money would go to high-cost school districts, with the lion’s share going to Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City. (Washington Post)

Governor Hogan and Comptroller Franchot expressed frustration with Maryland’s spending on school construction, at a Board of Public Works meeting on Wednesday. “We can’t just keep shoveling more and more money without accountability,” Hogan said. “The taxpayers are getting pretty frustrated the results.” (Maryland Reporter)

Venture Philanthropy Partners is working with PGCPS to create a new program called “Ready for Work: Champions for Career and College Ready Graduates.” The group has already donated $5 million and has made a committment to work with graduates from Suitland, Oxon Hill, and High Point high schools to “provide internships, to give kids job coaches, to create opportunities for kids to be successful,” according to CEO Kevin Maxwell. (CBSDC)

Through January 29, 2016, PGCPS’s Charter School Office will be accepting online applications for the charter school lottery. There are ten public charter schools in the system. No boundaries are assigned to charter schools. (PGCPS)

The 2015 Algebra 1 and 2 and English 10 PARCC results for Prince George’s County have been released. Read stories from PGCPS, the Washington Post, WBAL, WTOP, the Capital Gazette, and the Baltimore Sun, or read our post on the topic.

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