Hopkins, U.S. Naval Academy, UMBC climb U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2021

Maryland colleges and universities moved higher on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best national universities for 2021. Johns Hopkins University climbed to 9th-best out of nearly 400 universities nationally, an improvement from its ranking as 10th-best in 2020. The university is tied with the California Institute of Technology and Northwestern University in Illinois. (Balt Sun)

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Trump, DeVos raise school choice in appeal to vexed parents

As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally. DeVos and President Donald Trump have repeatedly invoked school choice as the solution to parents’ woes. If public schools fail to open, they say, parents should get a cut of the district’s federal funding to send their children to private schools or for home schooling, learning pods or other options that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic. (News-Post)

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University of Maryland, Baltimore's top leadership to take pay cuts of at least 5%

The newly minted president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore will take a 10% pay cut this fiscal year. UMB is the latest local member of the University System of Maryland to disclose it will be using pay reductions for the institution's highest paid employees to address major budget shortfalls in fiscal year 2021, largely due to Covid-19. In a letter to university employees Monday, Dr. Bruce E. Jarrell, who was named the institution's permanent leader just last week, announced he would take the largest salary reduction of 10% for the year. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Morgan State University deemed historical site by American Physical Society

The American Physical Society has named Morgan State University a historical site. The new designation recognizes the university because it was the birthplace of the National Society of Black Physicists in 1977, the society said. The university organization mentored Black students and helped with professional development along with promoting the well-being of African American physicists within the international scientific community. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll Community College runs at first cross country meet of 2020 season

Carroll Community College’s cross country teams placed two athletes in the top 10 of both the men’s and women’s races Friday in the Lynx’s season opener at the Westmoreland Invitational in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. Freshman Amanda Donndelinger, the first female athlete in Carroll Community College history, finished sixth with a time of 24:54. Sophomore Jacob Havins finished eighth, covering the 5K course in 17:41. (Carr Co Times)

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‘It wasn’t bad’: Baltimore-area schools report no major problems during first week of online classes

Kenneth Childs' classroom this semester looks different from his old one at Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School in Northeast Baltimore. The teacher’s online social studies courses took place this week inside many rooms — a kitchen decked out with red pots and pans, a dimly lit bedroom with a bunk bed, an enclosed porch. In one case, there were no walls at all, but a computer-generated sunset over a suspension bridge. (Balt Sun)

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‘Some families are really struggling': Baltimore Highlands Elementary staff bolster outreach to Hispanic caregivers

Remote learning has proved challenging for most families, but at schools like Baltimore Highlands Elementary, where one-third of the students are Hispanic, school staff have had to work even harder to engage community members who are broadly bearing the brunt of the coronavirus. (Balt Sun)

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Colleges in DC region move up in 2021 US News Best Colleges rankings

D.C.-area colleges moved up in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings after some methodology changes this year. The University of Maryland College Park rose to No. 58 in national colleges, up from No. 64 last year. Johns Hopkins University moved up from No. 10 to No. 9. (WTOP)

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