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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Baltimore Orioles Launch Educational Websites to Help Kids Learn at Home

With Maryland school closures extended until at least April 24, thousands of students have been required to stay home and utilize online learning tools. In an effort to make learning more fun, the Baltimore Orioles have launched two new websites to help young fans learn math, vocabulary, and more. From Baltimore Fishbowl: The Summer Slugger program is actually part of a campaign that is returning early this year as children take part in educational activities…

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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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USM Regents Vote to Support Refunds for Student Fees

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has voted to allow public colleges in Maryland to refund certain student fees. The move comes after it was announced that students will finish the remainder of the Spring semester remotely. The COVID-19 outbreak initially led public colleges to extend spring breaks, but eventually forced campuses to close for the remainder of the semester and force classes to shift to an online only format. Today the Board…

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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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Anne Arundel Library to Allow Digital Access to Residents with Unpaid Fines

Anne Arundel County Public Library is allowing residents with unpaid fines access to digital content. As COVID-19 causes temporary school closures, isolation, and teleworking, online services offered by libraries are increasingly necessary and popular. As previously reported on Conduit Street, libraries are stepping in to provide online learning and resource needs for their communities. From coverage in the Capital Gazette: As Anne Arundel County Public Library invests in digital resources to help users during the…

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