MCPS remote learning plan will improve over time, officials say

The first week of online learning for Montgomery County students wasn’t perfect, but few expected it to be. Last week, instead of congregating in school buildings, students continued to stay home, logging on to laptops, iPads and tablets from across the county to participate in classes. (Bethesda Beat)

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Maryland universities helping students weather financial crisis created by coronavirus

Wanderly Vargas was a senior Towson University psychology major two months away from graduation and looking for his first full time job after college when coronavirus upended his life. One day he was finishing a lot of class assignments, and supporting himself with a campus job. The next day the campus was shutting down, he had lost his job and he was packing his bags to go home to his parents house in Prince George’s County. (Balt Sun)

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Maine, Maryland institutions to study warm waters, lobsters

A group of institutions from Maine and Maryland is using a National Science Foundation grant to study the impact the warming of New England waters is having on baby lobsters. The grant is for $860,000 and a spokesman for the University of New England said the school will share it with Hood College in Maryland, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine and the Maine Department of Marine Resources. (Wash Post)

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Coronavirus Latest: UMMS Hiring For Dozens Of Positions In ‘Emergency Staffing Pool’

The University of Maryland Medical System is hiring for dozens of positions with its “Emergency Staffing Pool” amid the coronavirus pandemic. On its website, UMMS said the positions are part of a temporary per diem pool that will be used at the medical station built at the Baltimore Convention Center as well as other UMMS sites. “Whether you’re new to healthcare, experienced or anywhere in between your skills may be needed. If you have nursing experience or clinical skills you can help defend your community,” their website reads. (WJZ-TV)

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Johns Hopkins Student Government Association asks for partial tuition refund as coronavirus forces classes to go online

The Johns Hopkins University student government association last week asked the university’s president and the chair of its board of trustees for a partial refund of students’ tuition. In a letter dated March 31 from the Johns Hopkins Student Government Association to university President Ronald J. Daniels and Lou Forster, the chair of JHU’s board of trustees, the SGA requested a 25% remission of tuition fees for the spring 2020 semester after Johns Hopkins elected to complete the semester online because of the new coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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MPT partners for at-home learning initiative during COVID-19 pandemic

The Washington region and Maryland public television stations Friday announced a partnership aimed at supporting the education needs of families whose children are learning from home during the coronavirus public health emergency. The “At-Home Learning” initiative launches April 6 on Maryland Public Television (MPT), WETA, and Howard University Television (WHUT). The primary feature of the collaboration is a coordinated schedule of educational programs selected by the stations and available weekdays to viewers free over the air, through cable and satellite providers and, in the case of MPT, on a livestream at mpt.org/livestream. (Daily Record)

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Young Audiences creates emergency relief fund and grant to support teaching artists

Young Audiences of Maryland, the Baltimore based nonprofit providing arts-integrated learning experiences to children, has created two funds to help artists recoup some of the lost revenue from the income they were contracted to receive during the period when schools are closed –  ensuring that they receive a paycheck in April – as well as an additional grant to inspire them to create art for students while schools are closed. (Daily Record)

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools announce three finalists for student school board member

Three county juniors from Old Mill High School and Meade High School have been announced as finalists for the 2020-2021 student member on the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County, according to a press release. Conor Curran of Old Mill, Princess Merritt of Meade High and Drake Smith also of Meade High were selected out of a pool of six candidates. Students were asked to submit applications and be interviewed on a panel before the field was then narrowed down to three. (Balt Sun)

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