Dallas to Require Cameras in Special Education Classrooms

While a very similar bill (HB 1292 - Public Schools - Special Education Classrooms - Use of Video Recording Devices) recently failed in the Maryland General Assembly, Trustees of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) voted to require video monitoring in all special education classrooms making them one of the first major districts in the United States to do so. The school boarded voted to require recordings to the objection of DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa,…

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Maryland Attorney General Urges DeVos to Hold on Title IX Implementation

Along with 17 other attorneys general (AG), Maryland AG Brian Frosh urged United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to pause regulations on Title IX rules governing how sexual violence cases are handed by colleges. The jointly signed letter depicts how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life for many Americans and the need for agencies to prioritize resources in order to slow the spread. In 2018, Secretary DeVos published draft rules concerning Title IX,…

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School Budgets Across US May Struggle During Pandemic

As sales tax revenues drop due to the outbreak of COVID-19, district finances could be in for a "major upheaval" in the upcoming school year. School districts that majority funded by the state will likely feel strong effects compared to districts funded more heavily on property taxes. This is also concerning as higher-poverty districts tend to rely more heavily on state funding according to the National Center for Education Statistics. From Education Dive: While K-12…

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Educational Leaders Say CARES Act Isn’t Enough

Advocates such as Chip Slaven, Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association, say that much more resources are needed and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is only a small step forward. The CARES Act, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously and will now be considered in the House of Representatives, would provide $30.75 billion in emergency relief funds for the U.S. Department of Education with $13.5 billion for…

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Further School Closures in MD and COVID-19 Efforts

State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will now remain closed for another four weeks through April 24, 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. During Governor Hogan's March 25 press release, several announcements were made including the extended closure of Maryland public schools. "I am working in concert with all local school system superintendents, including multiple calls per week, in order to provide the continuity of learning to all…

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Board of Education to Keep Salmon and Seek Test Waivers

While the search for a new superintendent continues, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to extend State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon's contract during their meeting yesterday. From Maryland Matters: “Dr. Salmon has led us through this emergency with grace and is including all of the local superintendents in decision-making,” Jean C. Halle, the board’s vice president said during the meeting. “And I think her experience and knowledge and compassion will serve us well…

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Librarians Continue to Serve Education Community Needs

Although school libraries may be closed, the librarians continue to help fill needs online. While many facilities lack the tools need to implement this change rapidly, libraries are scrambling to fill the needs for students by assembling syllabi for access to student learning materials. Many academic libraries are finding creative ways to keep students in touch and supporting teachers with online learning platforms. From Education Dive: For home-schoolers, librarians can serve as a resource for parents…

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The True Costs of Password Management

According to research from Forrester, the average cost for a single password reset is bout $70. In a separate report, Forrester stated that large organizations spend close to $1 million per year on password-related support and infrastructure costs. In addition to the time and resources needed to for password-related support, in critical areas such as K-12 education, there is also the security risk of password management. Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report notes that 80% of…

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States Need to Prepare for Rising Unemployment Insurance Claims

Unemployment insurance is a critical component of the governmental response to COVID-19, but states are now seeing an unprecedented number of claims that will tax state unemployment funds beyond their limits. At the federal level, there is much support for expanding eligibility criteria and providing for extended benefits, both funded by the federal government. although the majority of initial costs are borne by the state. From Tax Foundation: State payroll taxes, called SUTA taxes, fund…

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Carroll County Surveys Families in Case of Longer School Closures

This past Thursday, Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) sent the "Computer Internet Survey" by email asking families for feedback in case of longer school closures, which seems probable. While Maryland's public school systems were ordered closed for two weeks beginning March 16 due to COVID-19, CCPS Superintendent Steve Lockard believes the closure will be extended. From The Baltimore Sun: Lockard said that CCPS can’t wait for an initial announcement to plan and prepare for virtual…

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