Congress Takes Up the National Teacher Shortage

On May 25, amid the ongoing national teacher shortage, a House subcommittee held a virtual hearing on the topic. On Wednesday, May 25, the congressional House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee held a virtual hearing on the nationwide teacher and support staff shortages plaguing schools. The virtual hearing, titled, "Tackling Teacher Shortages," lasted over two hours and included analysis and insights from education policy leaders and experts. Participants included: Dr. Lindsey Burke, Director…

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Behind Schedule: Youth Vaccination Rates Lag in Maryland

Maryland's youth are forgoing COVID-19 and routine vaccinations, raising severe concerns among public health experts. The Baltimore Sun reports vaccination rates among Maryland youth are falling behind for influenza (flu), human papillomavirus (HPV), and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines. The latter is of particular concern to Dr. William Moss, the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center's Executive Director. In a quote provided to the Sun, Dr. Moss explained his concerns: “I’m most worried about measles; we…

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Boston Schools, Once a National Model, Risk State Takeover

The Boston Public School System — once revered as a national model, including for Maryland’s landmark Blueprint policy — is now failing and at-risk for a state takeover. What went wrong? During the 1990s and 2000s, Boston Public Schools was a nationally inspiring school system. Compared to similarly situated urban districts, Boston’s schools outpaced its peers in testing and graduation rates. The district also earned a reputation for innovation, successful charter schools, and “generous funding.” As quickly…

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New Research: Pandemic Learning Experiences and Best Practices

A new federal report provides insight into the lived experiences of teachers and students during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers policy considerations in how to best support students' learning and development during emergencies. A newly published study from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) reporting to several congressional committees offers perspective on teaching and learning during the pandemic and provides insight for future policy decisions about virtual learning. The GAO report, released on May 17, is…

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Extension of Education ARPA Deadline: What Counties Need to Know

The U.S. Department of Education will consider requests from local school districts for an 18-month extension on spending COVID-19 emergency funds. In a May 13 letter, the U.S. Department of Education agreed to consider applications to extend the deadline for LEAs to spend pandemic relief money provided by the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. The ARP ESSER program's goal is to help LEAs “prevent, prepare for, and respond to”…

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Morgan State Chosen for IBM Cybersecurity Center

Maryland's Morgan State University was chosen as one of six historically black colleges and universities to launch an IBM cybersecurity center aimed at training underrepresented professionals in the field.  Morgan State University, one of Maryland's premiere historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), was chosen by tech powerhouse IBM to establish a cybersecurity center with the university, aimed at training underrepresented communities in the field of cybersecurity. Morgan was chosen alongside five other HBCUs around the country for…

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Tonight: MSDE Conversation on Supporting Rural School Communities

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is teaming up with several county superintendents of schools to host virtual community conversation on supporting the state's rural school communities. Today (May 16, 2022), MSDE and several local school jurisdictions will discuss the current needs of Maryland's rural school communities. During the virtual community conversation, State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury is expected to chat with students, families, educators, and school leaders from across rural communities throughout the state. https://twitter.com/MdPublicSchools/status/1526198889820196867 Participating…

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Baltimore City Creates One-Stop-Shop for Youth Summer Resources

Baltimore City is launching its B’More Summer Information Hub, a website centralizing and cataloging thousands of summer programs, events, and opportunities for the City's youth and their families. The Hub website, maintained by the City's Office of Children and Family Success, will include, but is not limited to, information regarding more than 22,000 summer learning slots at Baltimore City Schools, and camps held by Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and nonprofit…

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Prince George’s Wins NACo Achievement Award for Children and Youth

Prince George's "County Executive Angela Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience" has won a 2022 NACo Achievement Award in the Children and Youth category. NACo is pleased to announce the winners for the 2022 Achievement Awards. All winners are available in our searchable awards database, where winning programs are searchable by year, category and state dating back to 2009. Whether it’s in Laurel, Suitland or Oxon Hill, the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience (Passport) was a fantastic way…

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Remake Learning Days Festival Returns to Maryland

The Remake Learning Days Festival is returning to Maryland and neighboring states this week. Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) is a national festival of "innovative, hands-on learning experiences for kids, families, and educators." Events are free and include in-person "hands on" activities and virtual options. According to a press release: Here in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region and across the country, the festival provides opportunities for youth to develop their sense…

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