State Roundup, May 11, 2016

HOT SCHOOL AIR CONDITIONING ISSUE: The issue of air conditioning in public schools is expected to heat up again at today’s meeting of the state Board of Public Works, Pamela Wood writes in the Sun. The three-member board — which oversees state contracts — is scheduled to give the final OK to a policy that would allow state money to be used for portable air conditioners, a policy that the General Assembly took action to block. That set up a potential battle between the Board of Public Works and the legislature over who gets the final say on how school construction money is spent.

CHANGING STANDARDIZED TESTS: Students in Maryland are one step closer to potentially shorter standardized tests and more projects. The Commission to Review Maryland’s Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools met again Tuesday, though no official decisions were made about the future of standardized tests, reports Rachel Bluth in