FCPS committee aims for July 13 sports restart

The Federal Reserve's $600 billion Main Street Lending Program has been signing up lenders — but not all of Greater Washington's banks have joined up. The program — first announced as part of the Fed's larger $2.3 trillion package of loan and bond initiatives — has been adjusted several times to lower loan limits for applicants, now with a minimum size of $250,000. That's down from a $500,000 minimum announced in May, and the $1 million limit originally envisioned. The loan terms have also been lengthened from four years to five years, according to an announcement Monday by the Federal Reserve. (Wash Bus Journal)

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UMBC Applicants Won’t Have To Take SAT, ACT For Fall 2021

Students applying to the University of Maryland Baltimore County won’t need to worry about taking the SAT or ACT. The university said it is making the admission tests optional for undergraduate applicants in fall 2021. The decision takes into account the impacts the coronavirus pandemic has had on high school students and their ability to take exams. (WJZ)

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Towson U. Police Corporal Faces Child Pornography Charges

WBAL-TV 11 reports Cpl. Peter Publico is charged with a misdemeanor and two felonies. "TU takes this matter very seriously," university officials said in a statement. "The individual is suspended without pay, restricted from campus and his law enforcement duties have been revoked. The individual is in custody at the Baltimore County Detention Center." (WBAL)

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University System of Md. freezes tuition for next year

University System of Maryland (USM) leaders announced Friday that they will freeze tuition and room-and-board rates for all students next year. The system’s dozen campuses will maintain the same tuition and room and board rates as the 2019-2020 academic year. The USM Board of Regents acknowledged that providing some sense of certainty in next year’s tuition rates can help relieve students’ and families’ anxieties caused by the unexpected changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. (WTOP)

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Frederick Douglass High School Shooting Moved Three Students To Take Action

The three students at Frederick Douglass High School grew up amid the violence and trauma that plague the city, where crime can begin to feel routine. Yet when a shooter fired a gun inside their school on Feb. 8, 2019, they were stunned. “I did not believe what was going on,” Jaionna Santos said. “It was surreal,” Bryonna Harris added. (WJZ-TV)

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Partnership fills need by donating computers to Carroll County students during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Carroll County students to switch to virtual schooling from home, which posed a challenge for those with limited or no computer access. But a local partnership has connected dozens of students with computers to use for their digital classes. TechKids, a partnership between the Carroll Technology Council and Carroll County Public Schools, has worked to donate computers to students since 2004. (Carr Co Times)

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Students file petition to rename Richard Montgomery High School

Students at a Montgomery County, Maryland high school have started circulating a petition to change their school’s name due to its ties to slavery and racism. In a petition filed on Change.org, the Super Political Activism Club at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville said while the person does have a place in history, his name should not be in front of the school. (WTOP)

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More Maryland Colleges Announce Fall Semester Plans, Including Combination Of In-Person, Online Classes

More Maryland colleges and universities plan to offer a combination of in-person and online classes this fall when students return. In a news release on Friday, Howard Community College in Columbia said it would offer hybrid classes made up of in-person and online instruction, scheduled remote classes that will meet virtually and flexible online classes that can be completed as students’ schedules allow. (WJZ-TV)

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