Howard County school system passes 1 million meals milestone amid coronavirus pandemic

The Howard County Public School System distributed its millionth free meal last week, roughly three months after launching its “Grab-N-Go” program to feed county children during the coronavirus pandemic. The meal program operates five days a week at 14 locations, and as of Friday had distributed 1,022,120 meals. “It’s not surprising that we’ve reached 1 million [meals], but it’s also a testament to our commitment of taking care of our children,” said schools Superintendent Michael Martirano. (Balt Sun)

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Two more Carroll County schools earn Maryland Green Schools status for ‘commitment to environmental literacy’

Linton Springs and Runnymede elementary schools have been designated Maryland Green Schools, bringing the total in Carroll County to 19. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) doles out the Maryland Green School designations. Schools must submit an application that shows a “a school-wide commitment to environmental literacy.” (Carr Co Times)

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Loyola Blakefield, McDonogh facing calls to change name, sever ties with racist pasts

Two prominent Baltimore County private schools — Loyola Blakefield in Towson and McDonogh School in Owings Mills — are facing pressure to distance themselves from their institutions’ history of racism as Black Lives Matter protests continue nationwide. A longtime Baltimore community activist created a petition to urge Loyola Blakefield to dissociate with the Blake family name. (Balt Sun)

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Coppin president Anthony Jenkins takes education personally, even as he begins job amid nationwide challenges

For Anthony Jenkins, education has always been the most personal of endeavors. He felt it as a young man growing up in Southeast Washington, where his mother insisted that every experience — whether laying concrete or seeking a doctorate — be treated as fodder for lifelong learning. He felt it as a 17-year-old surviving U.S. Army boot camp under a sweltering South Carolina sun and as the first member of his family to graduate from college.

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Md. universities have millions in endowment funds. But here's why they can't use them now.

Local universities and systems, including Johns Hopkins Universities and University System of Maryland, have millions or billions of dollars in endowment assets on hand. So why don't they use them to make up for the losses they are reporting from Covid-19? Leonard Raley, CEO of the University System of Maryland Foundation Inc., said questioning why schools aren't using their endowments to ease an unexpected budget downturn is certainly understandable. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Morgan State University Freezing Tuition For 2020-2021 Academic Year Due To Coronavirus

Morgan State University students will get a break on tuition for the upcoming school year. The university announced Monday it would be freezing tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, university President David Wilson said the decision was made “prior to the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester.” (WJZ)

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University of Maryland releases fall semester reopening plan

The University of Maryland has released its fall semester reopening plan following an abrupt shift to online classes in March during the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to the campus community, university President Wallace Loh said the goal is to kick off the new semester on Aug. 31 as planned, while prioritizing the health and safety of the community with the coronavirus expected to remain a threat. (WTOP)

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As pandemic tests public schools, Betsy DeVos pushes school choice

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long believed that the federal government should have little to do with education. This spring, with schools facing their most significant crisis in decades, DeVos has stuck to that core conviction. She hasn’t weighed in on how schools might teach remotely. She’s said little about what they should consider when reopening, beyond the need to consult health. And through it all, she has pressed her central agenda: that students and families should have choices beyond their traditional public schools, and that tax dollars should follow those choices. She calls it “education freedom.” (Wash Post)

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