June 5, 2018, Annapolis Capital Gazette: As budget decision looms, Anne Arundel council seeks more teachers http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/government/ac-cn-audit-comments-0606-story.html A primary concern of the council is hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes throughout Anne Arundel County Public School System. Both Democrats and Republicans have agreed they want to hire more teachers, but the scope of that hiring and what targets for cuts will differ among individual councilmen. … Several high-profile school shootings — including one in Maryland — has prompted calls for counselors, psychologists and other mental health professionals. Educators and parents are hopeful these staff members could preemptively prevent violence. This tactic — which has been part of a national call — has been criticized by some as laying school violence at the feet of students with mental illness.