Maryland schools still suspending youngest students, suspending Black students at higher rates

Maryland school systems are still suspending about 1,200 students in pre-kindergarten through second grade every year despite a 2017 law intended to virtually eliminate suspensions of the youngest students. And Black students are suspended at a higher rate than all other races. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County school board passes $1.65 billion budget with cuts to administration

The Baltimore County school board passed a budget Tuesday night that calls for cuts to administration to fund a slight cost-of-living increase for employees. The $1.65 billion budget is $390,000 more than the current year’s budget, an increase that came largely from state and federal fund increases. A small increase from the county was required by state law because enrollments had increased.

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University Of Maryland Dining Services Packs Groceries For Those In Need Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The University of Maryland and its students are making sure no one goes hungry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Maryland Dining Services is packing up groceries every week which will be delivered to those who are food insecure or quarantined with COVID-19. (WJZ-TV)

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Harford Community College hosting ‘An Uncomfortable Conversation’ forum on civil rights, race relations Thursday

People who want to discuss how the present-day Black Lives Matter movement and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s affects Harford County residents can participate in an online forum, “An Uncomfortable Conversation: National Events with Local Implications Concerning Race, Equity, and Justice,” on Thursday. The forum, which is being hosted by the Harford Civil Rights Project at Harford Community College, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be viewed live via Microsoft Teams link. (Balt Sun)

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Group Uses Drones To Help Kids Get Interested In STEAM Education, Careers

The Global Air Drone Academy uses drones to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math careers. They said they’re not going to let a global pandemic stop them from accomplishing their goal. Austin Brown and Eno Umoh have been using drones as a tool to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math — or STEAM — through their Global Air Drone Academy. (WJZ-TV)

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A parade and scholarships honor 2020 graduates in Cockeysville area

Everyone loves a parade and during this time of quarantine, parades have become a great way to celebrate and recognize achievements. Cockeysville was home to two such celebrations earlier this month, both hoping to fill the void left by canceled graduations, moving up ceremonies, parties and proms. First up was a parade of about 30 cars to celebrate all the graduates of the Springdale neighborhood. (Balt Sun)

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Johns Hopkins faculty pushes back against budget cuts, demands more accountability from administration

Johns Hopkins University faculty are demanding more transparency and a greater role in the governance of the university, saying the administration is imposing financial austerity measures that disproportionately affect the most vulnerable workers. In an unusual, sharply worded letter signed by 600 faculty across the university — from the Homewood campus to the Peabody music conservatory and the medical institutions — professors said they wanted a “frank report on the status of the university’s finances” and a “moratorium on cuts to staffing compensation and research funding.” (Balt Sun)

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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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