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Maryland curbs use of seclusion, restraint for misbehaving students

Every day, Maryland schools lock up students for misbehaving, often keeping them in closet-sized, padded rooms monitored by an adult watching through a small window or by video camera. Sometimes they lock up children as little as kindergarteners. And sometimes, those children, desperate and scared, try to harm themselves inside. This long-standing practice of seclusion will be banned in the state’s public schools when a new state law takes effect on Friday.

Abortion rights advocates protest outside Harford County courthouse

An abortion rights advocates protest rally was held Wednesday afternoon in Bel Air. The rally began around 5 p.m. at Harford County Government Center on Main Street and ended in front of the courthouse. About 150 people were involved, organized by three Harford County women who posted the rally on the Harford County Social Justice Facebook group page.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Close to a million Marylanders expected to travel for holiday weekend

Nearly a million Marylanders are expected to travel for the July 4 weekend, including nearly 880,000 who will travel by car, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. Friday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the period, with the heaviest travel times predicted to be noon to 9 p.m., according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic press release.

Annapolis City Council approves union contracts, pledges to change up negotiation process

Annapolis City Council ratified contracts for four union bargaining units Monday, but not before expressing frustration with the negotiation process and pledging to make changes. The move came in the middle of an almost four-hour meeting that also found the council deputizing the mayor’s boat, and appointing a new city manager. According to City Code, negotiations with unions representing police officers, firefighters and support staff were to be completed by March.

Md. high court ranks high in gender, ethnic diversity, report finds

The Maryland Court of Appeals is among the nation’s most diverse state supreme courts in terms of the percentage of minority and female judges, according to recently released data. The post Md. high court ranks high in gender, ethnic diversity, report finds first appeared on Maryland Daily Record.

As city studies viability of west Frederick health center, advocates say it’s long overdue

Dora Duncan’s phone line is often busy. As a bilingual community health worker at the Asian American Center of Frederick’s office in the Hillcrest neighborhood, she hears from people every day won how to enroll in health insurance or afford to take their child to the dentist.

County, Frederick city officials still at odds over site for west side library

Frederick County and city officials were unable Wednesday to reach agreement about the site for a library branch on the west side of the city. Two potential locations are under consideration for the new library branch. One is at 800 Oak St., along Himes Avenue. It’s a 209,000-square-foot facility the county purchased last year after leasing it for a mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

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Maryland State Department of Education will give more than $169M to school systems to address pandemic-related issues

The Maryland State Department of Education announced that it will grant more than $169 million across the state’s school systems as part of the Maryland Leads Initiative. The initiative, which aims to use federal funding to address pandemic-related educational issues, will give school systems money to dedicate toward programs across seven strategy categories, including bettering student outcomes, aiding staff recruitment and retention, and strengthening teacher pipelines. All school systems in the state applied for and received funding from the program.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland to restrict crabbing, including first-ever limits on harvest of males, in response to ‘worrisome’ population decline

This summer Maryland will impose new restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay — including the first-ever limits on how many bushels of male blue crabs watermen can haul each day — in response to a troubling decline in the population of the beloved crustaceans. Regulations issued this week, to be in effect starting in July, will limit commercial watermen to at most 15 bushels a day of male crabs in August and September and will end their harvest two weeks earlier than normal on Nov. 30. And the new rules will tighten existing restrictions on the commercial harvest of female crabs and the recreational harvest, too.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
As Afghan refugees rebuild in Baltimore, the challenges are many — and so are helping hands

The interpreter’s phone rings regularly and often. On the other side of the line are fellow Afghan refugees sharing the concerns and questions that come with restarting their lives in Baltimore. The challenges are many, the interpreter said: learning another language, navigating immigration paperwork, figuring out how to use the public bus system and struggling to find a job. Many families are making this transition alone, separated from relatives and friends.

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