School shutdown hits special education classrooms hard

A few weeks into the extended school closure, six-year-old Brodie Stover-Mejias had a new morning routine. After breakfast, he watches a daily video from Becca Irvine, his special education teacher at Baker-Butler Elementary. “He was ready for it,” said Pam Stover-Mejias, his mom. “That provided some great structure for us.” (Wash Post)

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Banners Installed At UMMC Midtown Campus To Thank Medical Staff

Two new banners now hang near the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus to honor and thank healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. One says: “Thank You UMMC Staff!” Another high up on a crane reads: “Heroes Work Here!” These messages are from Clark Baker Construction to remind the staff how grateful everyone is for their hard work. (WJZ-TV)

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Frederick County High Schools Student Agriculture Groups To Donate Plants To Benefit Non-Profits

High schools in Frederick are not able to hold their FFA and related plant sales this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that isn’t stopping students from making a difference. Agriculture programs are donating their student-grown plants to nonprofit organizations. Brunswick, the Career and Technology Center, Catoctin, Frederick, Middletown and Walkersville high schools are donating plants to their community FFA alumni associations. (WJZ-TV)

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As school lessons move online, internet access isn’t available in some Baltimore neighborhoods

Currently furloughed from her job and holed up with her three children in their East Baltimore apartment, Miss Hill Crumity has done everything she can to get internet so her children can use the two iPads provided by their elementary school. But nothing is working. Her landlord wouldn’t let Comcast run internet cable through the walls of the apartment. The Xfinity hotspots that Comcast has made free throughout the city don’t cover her neighborhood. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City Schools CEO Joins 62 School Leaders Asking For Federal Education Support In Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Baltimore City Public School is backing a request by the Council of the Great City Schools to the U.S. Congress seeking $200 billion in new funding for local school systems in the next coronavirus relief bill. City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises joined 62 other big-city school leaders in signing a letter to Capitol Hill calling for more funds for schools. It includes:$175 billion in Educational Stabilization Funds to be distributed to the local level through the Title I formula An additional $13 billion for the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) $12 billion in additional Title I program funding $2.0 billion for E-Rate, and emergency infrastructure funds that include public schools. (WJZ)

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City Schools purchases 12,000 Chromebooks and 14,000 chargers

A photo of a young girl hard at work, during her first day with a Chromebook provided by the city, nearly brought the Baltimore Schools CEO to tears last night. Her voice cracked, and Sonja Santelises had to pause as she told the Board of School Commissioners about her efforts to minimize the unequal impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on students. (Balt Brew)

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‘They need our help’: Free meals during coronavirus will cost Baltimore-area schools millions without aid

It was lunchtime, and Shelise Harding and Christine David wheeled a cart to the walk-in refrigerator at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School and loaded it with boxed-to-go meals they’d prepared: fruit, vegetables, tuna sandwiches, crackers, bread and milk. (Balt Sun)

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Harford County’s high school graduation ceremonies pushed back to second week of June

Harford County Public Schools is still working out the details to try to give its seniors “the best and most personal graduation we can,” and to do so, have pushed ceremonies to the second week of June. Superintendent Sean Bulson made the announcement in a video address posted to the school system’s YouTube page Thursday afternoon. (Balt Sun)

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