Johns Hopkins University Faculty, Students Speak Out Against Racism; Call For Change During Protest

Standing in solidarity and calling for action; a group of Johns Hopkins University staff is the latest group to organize a protest in the Baltimore-area following the death of George Floyd. Outside Johns Hopkins University, protestors came together Thursday as one, chanting for change. (WJZ)

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UMBC and Towson go to test optional admissions for the class entering in the fall of 2021

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Towson University will not require SAT or ACT scores from students applying for entrance in 2021. The two universities join a growing number of institutions across the nation to drop standardized testing requirements in light of difficulties in conducting tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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With pandemic restrictions lifted, Baltimore schools have a chance to regain a little lost time this summer

After planning for a summer of virtual learning, an unexpected announcement from the state has allowed school systems to bring some students back into their classrooms this summer, unlocking a door to the first in-person instruction since mid-March. Baltimore City is the first school system in the region to announce it will sort through all of the complex questions of how to hold real school again during a pandemic so a tiny number of students can return beginning in July. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County school board adopts $918 million operating budget

After weeks of work sessions, contract negotiations and cost-saving measures, the Howard County Board of Education on Thursday unanimously adopted a $918.7 million operating budget for fiscal 2021. “I know this has been a very difficult process,” said Chair Mavis Ellis at Thursday’s meeting. “We have been in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, and dollars have been limited for our school district.” (Balt Sun)

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In divided vote, Anne Arundel school board adds help for students facing mental trauma caused by coronavirus and police violence

A divided Anne Arundel school board added more mental health professionals Wednesday night in its final budget for the next fiscal year, shifting funds to help students dealing with trauma caused by the coronavirus pandemic and high profile incidents of police violence against black people. The shift of $745,000 was a last-minute change as the school board approved the fiscal 2021 education budget adopted by County Council last week, an increase of $1.5 million over the $14.8 million proposed by County Executive Steaurt Pittman. The budget takes effect July 1. (Balt Sun)

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Middle School Addition Next Up For County; Principal: ‘It Just Was Never Large Enough From The Beginning’

Plans for a $12.6 million addition at Stephen Decatur Middle School are moving forward. The Worcester County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the schematic design for an addition at Stephen Decatur Middle School (SDMS). The project will add 12 classrooms as well as lab, storage and administration space to the school. “It’s been a long time we’ve not had adequate classroom space,” Principal Lynne Barton said. (Dispatch)

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How black history is taught in schools faces new scrutiny

For decades, when it was discussed at all, the killing of hundreds of people in a prosperous black business district nearly a century ago was referred to as the Tulsa race riot. Under new Oklahoma standards developed by teachers, students are urged to consider the differences between labeling it a “massacre” or a “riot,” which is how it’s still described in state laws. They’re also encouraged to research the stories of survivors and learn their firsthand accounts of the 1921 violence. (News-Post)

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Here’s what Maryland’s colleges are planning for fall 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic

University classes will begin a week earlier, on Aug. 24, and will shift to remote learning after Thanksgiving break on Nov. 24, the university wrote in a news release. All students will be required to vacate on-campus dorms the day before, unless they face a specific hardship associated with moving, the university wrote. (Balt Sun)

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