Bowie State professors and students use data to fight the coronavirus

Bowie State University wants to be in front of how the coronavirus pandemic affects students' academic performance, housing, family, health and anxiety, and how the plunge into digitization caused by COVID-19 affects students' career prospects. The key: data. This summer was the first time business management major Cydni Gilliam used Tableau software, which allows researchers to turn data into graphics. (Balt Sun)

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UMD Implements Temporary Salary Reductions Due To $292M Coronavirus Budget Shortfall

Calling it “by far the largest financial crisis in the history of the university,” the University of Maryland on Thursday announced a temporary salary reduction among other measures to shore up losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a news release Thursday evening, the university said the pandemic has caused a projected $292 million shortfall for the current fiscal year. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland School Districts Open ‘Learning Centers’ To Help Students, Families With In-Person Learning

While much of learning has gone virtual this fall, some local school districts are opening up learning centers to help out students and families who may need a place to access a computer or more help in-person. Inside William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon, some students are back in class. (WJZ-TV)

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St. Mary’s County Public Schools OKs plan to bring some students back for in-person learning

Some students in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, will return to in-person instruction in less than two weeks. St. Mary’s County Public Schools approved the Sept. 21 return of four groups of students: Head Start, pre-K, SAIL and COMPASS. SAIL and COMPASS are two county special education programs. Superintendent James Scott Smith said the goal is to help students who need it the most. (WTOP)

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USM says pandemic will cost it at least $500M next year

The University System of Maryland announced Wednesday that costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic will be at least $500 million in next year’s budget, on top of $230 million in losses in the current budget year. Across the 12-member system, universities have experienced losses in tuition and auxiliary revenues, along with increased costs associated with ensuring a safe, effective learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. (Daily Record)

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'A delicate dance’: In City Council hearing, MTA, Baltimore school officials discuss bus plans for students

Questions about bus service already are flooding in from the parents of Baltimore students. What would the Maryland Transit Administration’s plan to reduce bus service by 20% in January due to fiscal losses from the coronavirus mean for the 29,000 students who rely on it? Will crowded buses skip students' stops to make sure proper social distancing is maintained? For however long classes remain virtual, how would students be able to access schools to pick up meals and other resources? (Balt Sun)

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‘Challenging situation’: During first day, Carroll County schools see technology issues, notes improvement over spring

Gary Davis said he was still catching his breath Wednesday after a hectic first day for Carroll County Public Schools students. The chief operating officer for the school system, Davis said hundreds of people reached out with questions and concerns Tuesday, during the opening day of virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year. (Carr Co Times)

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University System of Maryland chancellor takes pay cut, warns employees could ‘share in the pain' of pandemic

University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman said he will cut his pay temporarily by 10% and warned system employees also could face pay cuts, or even layoffs, as the university system works to close a coronavirus-related budget gap this year. The university system said in a news release that it expected revenues and funding would fall $500 million short of estimates for the budget year ending June 30, 2021. That includes a reduction of more than $100 million in state funding for the system that was announced earlier this year. (Balt Sun)

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