Maryland PTA files injunction to stop National PTA to stop restructuring efforts

The Maryland PTA has filed an injunction against its parent organization, seeking to block the National PTA’s plan to restructure the statewide affiliate due to high turnover on its board caused by “hostile” leadership. The National PTA announced it was restructuring the Maryland group last week, after it fell out of compliance with the organization’s “Standards of Affiliation,” according to letters obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Restructuring means the National PTA can assist the Maryland PTA in electing new leaders. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Leadership School For Young Women Working To Close Digital Divide; Hands Out Chromebooks To Students

With the school year kicking off virtually for Baltimore City Public Schools, it’s been a challenge for some parents to get their hands on Chromebook computers their kids need for class. In just a few days, Baltimore City Public Schools will kick off the new academic year with online learning. But, not every student has the access to the tools they need. (Balt Sun)

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools expand meal sites for upcoming semester

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools system announced an additional 59 school sites that will be added to the meal program for the 2020-21 school year. Children ages 2 to 18 can receive free breakfast and lunch each day that schools are in session, according to a press release sent out Wednesday afternoon. “This is just another example of the incredible lengths to which our Food and Nutrition Services team has gone and continues to go to serve the children in Anne Arundel County,” Superintendent George Arlotto said in the release. (Balt Sun)

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Some WCPS students will return to school Sept. 16

Washington County Public Schools will open its classrooms to some students on Sept. 16. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved moving to Stage Two of a five-part plan that brings students, teachers and staff back into the buildings. The school district will move from what is now Stage One, where all students started the 2020-21 school year Monday virtually through distance learning. (Herald Mail)

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Tenant advocates say lease terms at Towson student housing complex are illegal, as students wait to move in amid construction delays

Aspen Heights Towson, an apartment complex for college students, is still under construction — a fact that came as a surprise to hundreds of students who expected to move in Aug. 22, the Saturday before the fall semester began. Students and their families were notified just eight days prior that they would not be able to move into the pricey apartments for which they’re still being asked to pay, per a clause in leasing contracts that a consumer protection attorney and tenant rights advocate say violates state law. (Balt Sun)

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New School Supply Exchange Opens At The Avenue In White Marsh

The new school year means there’s a new place in Baltimore County where teachers can get supplies they need all for free! The Education Foundation opened its newest “exchangeree” at The Avenue in White Marsh. This will be a place where teachers can come year-round to pick up things like notebooks, pens, tissue boxes and hand sanitizer, all of it donated, so it costs teachers nothing to help out their students. (WJZ)

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Md. Board of Education OKs requirements for new school year

One day after a number of Maryland schools started classes, the state Board of Education approved new requirements for instruction for the school year. According to the plan approved by the board, schools must include three and a half hours of “synchronous” instruction each day. Synchronous means live, online instruction. It will be up to the school districts to decide how that three and a half hours will be provided for grades K-12. (WTOP)

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Delegate Plans To Introduce Bill To Split HBCUs From University Of Maryland System

A state lawmaker is pushing to have three historically Black colleges and universities cut ties with the University System of Maryland. Del. Julian Ivey, a Democrat from Prince George’s County, plans to introduce The Maryland HBCU Independence Act which would split Bowie State University, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from USM. (WJZ-TV)

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