Category Archives: ChaoWu



On 1/31/2023, Delegate Wu’s office invited three people from SDAT, Property Assessment of Howard County and Montgomery County to explain the property tax, appeal process and contact info. Thanks to those 60 people who attended the seminar and hopefully it will be helpful. Attached is the whole slide including contact information for tax departments. In the past, around 3% people appealed and around 40% appeals succeeded.

The whole presentation is here:


Howard County
District Court Multi‐Service Center
3451 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
(410) 480‐7940

Montgomery County
30 W. Gude Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 314‐4510

Ranked–Choice Voting for Howard County – Board of Education Elections –

Howard County – Board of Education Elections – Ranked–Choice Voting

Here is the bill:

Primer of Ranked Choice Voting

Our team created a four-page PowerPoint slides to explain ranked choice voting.

Here is an article by Frank Hecker which talks about RCV.

A better way to elect the Howard County Board of Education –

HB0598-Maryland Education Funding Reform-Enrollment Calculation

HB0598-Maryland Education Funding Reform-Enrollment Calculation

Here is my bill: HB0598. The link is here: Legislation – HB0598 (

The key idea

is that instead using the previous-year enrollment number as next-year’s funding basis, we should use a projected enrollment for the new fiscal year which is more closely aligned with reality and need.

Simple Analogy:

If your company has two employee and your total budget for them is 200k this year. For next year’s budget, if you know you will hire another employee, will you budget for two people (current student enrollment calculation) or three people (the proposed enrollment calculation in my bill HB0598)?

Majority of school systems will receive more money using this new formula.

Special Virtual Info Session on Property Assessment & Taxation

Special Virtual Info Session on Property Assessment & Taxation, Hosted by Delegate Chao Wu and Delegate Natalie Ziegler, District 9A

Time: Tuesday 7-8 PM, 1/31/2023

How: Register at the following link and you we receive the meeting details:

Special Virtual Info Session on Property Assessment & Taxation, Hosted by Delegate Chao Wu and Delegate Natalie Ziegler, District 9A (

Blueprint Update

Update from AIB board and Maryland State Department of Education

Accountability and Implementation Board
Dr. Isiah (Ike) Leggett, Chair
Ms. Rachel Hise, Executive Director
Maryland State Department of Education
Dr. Clarence C. Crawford, Chair of the State Board of Education
Mr. Mohammed Choudhury, State Superintenden

Presentation by State Department of Assessments and Taxation

The Ways and Means Committee had a presentation from the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Here is the presentation ppt.

The SDAT has a very old computer system and received many paper applications from Montgomery County which led to their slow response.

In general, 3% homeowners appealed. And 40-50% appeals were successful (tax was reduced) in the past.

You don’t need an attorney during the appealing process.

Homeowner Protection Program

Federal Internship Opportunities

Federal Internship Opportunities

Launching in January 2023, The Federal Internship Portal is a new internship opportunities page on USAJOBS ( that will serve as a one-stop shop for #internship postings across the federal government, allowing prospective interns to easily find #opportunities at any agency.

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship at a federal agency, keep an eye out this #newyear! More details coming soon!

Apply for JROTC, Through Jan. 3, 2023

Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) programs are offered at Atholton (Army), Howard (Army) and Oakland Mills (Air Force) high schools. Each JROTC program provides an introduction to career opportunities in the United States Armed Forces and teaches principles of leadership, discipline and civic responsibility.

Any student who wishes to participate in JROTC but does not attend one of the schools that offers the program may apply for participation. Each school has a limited number of additional spaces available. T

o apply for participation for the 2023-2024 school year, students must contact a JROTC official between November 16, 2022 and January 3, 2023 to schedule an interview. Only students who are interviewed during this designated period will be considered for enrollment.Letters of approval/denial/wait list will be sent home January 19-20, 2023.

To schedule an interview, contact the JROTC official for the program of interest:

Air Force JROTC at Oakland Mills High School: CMSgt, (USAF, Ret) Robert Castellano, Aerospace Science Instructor, or (410) 313-6945

Army JROTC at Atholton High School: LTC (USA, Retired) William Reinhart, Senior Army Instructor, or (410) 313-7076

Army JROTC at Howard High School: LTC (USA, Retired) Patricia Marshall, Senior Army Instructor, or (410) 313-2878

An application essay or other pre-interview materials may be required by each individual JROTC program. Contact your school counselor for additional information.Find more information about the JROTC program on our website.

Winning the general election

After nearly all the mail-in and provisional ballots were reported today, I am very excited and humbled to be elected as one of the Delegates for District 9A. 

Our team effort is paramount to the success of this election. I am so grateful to our supporters, volunteers and donors who placed their trust and confidence in me and worked so hard on the campaign trail for me.

I am so proud and grateful to have the support from Team 9. Congratulations to Delegate-Elect Natalie Ziegler, Delegate Courtney Watson and Senator Katie Fry Hester for their respective wins! Together we made it! I am honored to join them in Annapolis to work for our constituents. 

Just last week, I had my last public board meeting after my four-year service on Howard County Board of Education. These four-year public service experiences have taught me to actively listen, seek common ground, be practical and be a visionary at the same time. 

It will be a distinct honor and privilege to serve as your representative in Annapolis. I promise that I will do my best to be the champion of your voice.

2023 National AI Scholarship for Howard County Public Schools Students!

2023 National AI Scholarship for Howard County Public Schools Students!

The 2023 National AI Scholarship is alive! Encourage your students to apply!

Hi Chao,   We are excited to announce our 2023 National AI Scholarship Application is now LIVE! Share this email with your students and encourage them to apply! This is quite a time-sensitive opportunity as the deadline for the scholarship is 11/29/2022 (in 10 days)!   With instructors from Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon University, Howard County Public Schools students can jump into the world of AI, gain real hands-on experience, develop creative projects and boost their competitiveness on their college applications and on the job market! I chatted with 20 school districts last few weeks, and this scholarship opportunity is the number one request from the educators and administrators!   I myself am from a low-income family, and I know how much this can help. So far AI Camp has given away almost $1 million in scholarships to students. Please let your students and faculty know about this. They will thank you.   Click here to access the application form! Oh also, here is a flyer for you to share with your students. Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy to answer them.   Best,   Michael   Michael Ke Zhang (Linkedin Profile) Co-founder and Chief Instructor at AI Camp AI Camp – learn AI with zero coding experience Read about our latest blog posts about AI on Medium Watch our Intro to AI at Youtube. (626)688-7921   AI Camp, 2627 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA, 650-436-4477 Unsubscribe Manage preferences