Report Shows School Suspension and Arrest Rates Remain Highest for Black Students 

Black students in Maryland are consistently suspended from school and arrested on school grounds at higher rates than any other racial group. The Maryland State Board of Education presented a research report on school suspension and arrest rates at its board meeting on Tuesday — though the data were not made publicly available. Although teachers cannot suspend students for insubordination, some continue to do so, state Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon said. (Md Matters)

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As activists try to get police out of schools, Maryland arrest data shows racial gap

As school systems in Maryland debate whether police officers should be based inside public schools, newly released state data shows that arrest rates are higher for black students and students with disabilities than for their peers. State education officials this week denounced the disparities but did not offer new proposals to address them. School systems with significant gaps have created action plans and will work with the state to reduce them, State Schools Superintendent Karen B. Salmon said. (Wash Post)

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Here's which Greater Baltimore colleges are freezing tuition — and which ones aren't

Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland are among the few Greater Baltimore colleges that will not be halting tuition increases, as citizens nationwide continue to grapple with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tuition freezes are being considered and approved by many universities and school systems across the country, as they seek to retain their students and quell the stress of attending college during an economic crisis. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland still suspended youngest students despite law

Data from the Maryland Department of Education shows the state’s school systems are still suspending about 1,200 students in pre-kindergarten through second grade every year despite a 2017 law intended to virtually eliminate such suspensions. The data also shows Black students are suspended at a higher rate than all other races, The Baltimore Sun reported. (Wash Post)

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New report shows how much FCPS spends per student at each school

New data released by the state shows for the first time exactly how much money individual public schools spend per student. Different to previous reports, the numbers released this year are actual spending rates instead of averages. The data for Frederick County Public Schools does not show any significant trends, however many schools that reported high expenditures were also running specialized programs. (News-Post)

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Harford school board bids farewell as Christian Walker wraps up his year as student representatives

Christian Walker, the now-former student representative on the Harford County Board of Education, participated in his final board meeting via teleconference Monday, which the board has been doing for the past few months to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Walker noted that he was somewhat glad that this particular meeting was not held at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air, with all of his colleagues around in person, because of the emotions involved. (Balt Sun)

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Some Anne Arundel School system employees denied hazard pay, request stronger health regulations in buildings

After being denied hazard pay for work during the school shutdown, some Anne Arundel County public schools employee representatives have requested the school system provide better regulation within its buildings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Representatives of the Secretaries and Assistants Association of Anne Arundel County (SAAAC) explained the experiences of technology-supported technicians and other employees under the union as they worked through statewide closures. (Balt Sun)

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Anne Arundel principals send out letters to school communities on racial justice as system plans additional forum

Principals in Anne Arundel County sent out letters to the community by cluster to offer support in racial equality as well as diving into discussions on race and possible resolutions, as protests around the county continue. The letters, signed from principals from all school levels, review both the role of schools and the communities. Each cluster personalized messages dated June 17 to community members. (Capital)

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