Towson University Women’s Basketball Coach, Student-Athletes Work To Inform Peers About Upcoming Election

As the 2020 election inches closer, Towson University student-athletes are working to whip up excitement among their fellow peers about voting. Towson University associate women’s basketball coach Zach Kancher recently hosted a virtual town hall for student-athletes, teaching them about voting. (WJZ-TV)

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Harford teachers’ union president questions why school board won’t meet in person while planning for return to classroom

The president of the Harford County teachers’ union sent a letter to the county’s school board and superintendent Tuesday, objecting to board members not meeting in person amid the COVID-19 pandemic while discussing plans for students and teachers to return to the classroom for in-person instruction. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel schools' proposed fiscal year 2022 capital budget and six-year plan would wrap up kindergarten additions

A proposed fiscal year 2022 budget and six-year capital improvement plan for Anne Arundel County Schools accounts for the system’s final kindergarten additions, an effort that began in 2005. “I was hoping to look out my window and see fireworks and all kinds of celebrations going on with all-day [kindergarten additions] finally being completed,” school board member Robert Leib, who represents legislative District 30, said in a board workshop last week. (Capital)

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COVID-19 accelerates declining enrollment at Coppin State despite hybrid return to campus

Already struggling with declining enrollment for years, Baltimore’s Coppin State University has only seen that problem exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, more so than other schools in the area. Enrollment at the historically Black institution has declined by 11.5% this fall, down to 2,391 students, 313 students fewer than last year, according to Aaron Singleton, a university spokesman. The decrease in enrollment has posed financial issues, compounded by millions of dollars in recent budget cuts imposed by the University System of Maryland, which includes Coppin State. (Balt Sun)

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Harford County schools unveil three-phase plan for gradual return to in-person learning ahead of board meeting

Harford County Public Schools could allow more students, particularly those with greater needs, to return to buildings for “in-person activities," within the next month, as long as coronavirus health metrics stay low. A presentation posted in advance of the Board of Education’s Monday meeting laid out the rationale for bringing more students back into school buildings or, conversely, potentially scaling back operations if coronavirus cases spike. Major drivers of a return to in-person learning are the county’s weekly average positive rate and weekly average new cases rate per 100,000 people, the presentation states. (Balt Sun)

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Naval Academy reports at least 14 coronavirus midshipmen, staff cases in a month

At least 14 members of the Naval Academy community have tested positive for the coronavirus causing COVID-19 in the last four weeks, according to percentages provided by the academy. Each week, the Naval Academy randomly tests 700 midshipmen, faculty and staff, Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck told the Board of Visitors during a meeting Monday morning. (Balt Sun)

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No special educators agreed to come back to limited in-person instruction, Anne Arundel schools superintendent says

None of the special educators at Anne Arundel County’s three special education centers agreed to return for in-person instruction as the school system prioritizes which student groups to bring back first, Superintendent George Arlotto said on Monday night. In a workshop with the county Board of Education, the superintendent updated members on what a hybrid approach will look like for students when they start to bring some students back. (Balt Sun)

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UMD College Park Brings Students Back For In-Person Classes Monday

As cases spike across the U.S. on college campuses, the University of Maryland College Park is bringing some students back for limited in-person learning. Students returned for in-person classes Monday, including labs and graduate-level classes. Classes that require in-person instruction, including labs, performance courses and senior capstones, are being prioritized for in-person learning. This comes as cases nearly tripled in one week to 63, a 2.7% positivity rate. Some students said they feel it’s too soon. (WJZ)

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