Prince George’s Community College to Forgive $2.87M in Student Debt

This week, Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announced that it will forgive more than $2.87 million in outstanding student debt from the 2020-2021 academic year for students enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The debt relief, funded through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, will assist approximately 3,893 credit and continuing education students. “Funding provided by the CARES Act makes it possible for thousands of our students, who otherwise may not have been able,…

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BREAKING NEWS: Legislative Committee Approves Masking for All Public Schools

This morning, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) approved emergency regulations to require masks in all of Maryland's public schools. The AELR Committee, which met for several hours today to consider the regulations, voted 10-7 to require masks to be worn in all of the states’ public school facilities to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. On August 26, the State Board of Education endorsed the emergency regulations, which were then transmitted…

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UMBC Ranked as One of the Top Colleges in 2022 by U.S. News

U.S. News has released its ranking of the 2022 Best Colleges in country, with UMBC coming in as number 6. U.S. News and World Report ranked University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) #6 for 2022 on the Most Innovative Universities list among all U.S. universities for undergraduate teaching this year. The schools placed just ahead of Stanford, joining top 10 institutions like MIT and Carnegie Mellon. UMBC was the only Maryland institution to make the ranking…

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Prince George’s County Schools Announces New COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

On Friday, the Prince George's County school system announced a series of new policies regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. The new policies, which go into effect the week of September 20, include: Random COVID-19 pool testing of students will be conducted regardless of any symptoms or vaccination status (guardians must provide consent prior to testing). 10% of students with consent forms on file will be tested. Proof of vaccination will be required for students 12 and older…

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State Superintendent Choudhury Builds Out Leadership Team

State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury announced a series of leadership appointments to the State Board of Education. Superintendent Choudhury announced four new members of his leadership team today, as the Board of Education begins to transition into what it is calling "The Blueprint for Maryland's Future era." The appointments were approved by the State Board last week and will start at the Maryland State Department of Education in the coming weeks. "As we emerge from the pandemic,…

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Gov. Hogan Seeks New, Diverse Applicants for Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board

On Friday, Governor Hogan sent a letter to the nominating committee requesting that it reopen nomination applications for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future's Accountability and Implementation Board, in order to attract more diverse candidates. Hogan asked the nominating committee to provide him a new slate of candidates for the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) that “accurately reflect[s] our student population." The board was established through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. “While many of the nominees selected are undoubtedly…

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Baltimore Chosen as 1 of 4 Cities for Goldman Sachs Small Businesses Fellows Program at Colleges

Baltimore City was chosen for Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Business Fellows program to match college students with small businesses with hiring needs as they reopen from COVID shutdowns. Goldman Sachs has chosen 4 cities, including Baltimore, to implement a new pandemic workforce recovery initiative for small businesses. The program builds on Goldman Sachs’ existing 10,000 Small Businesses training program, which expanded to Baltimore in 2017, and has since graduated 460 Baltimore-area businesses. It hopes to…

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Frederick County Public Schools Forms Partnership with Maryland’s Only Recovery High School

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Phoenix Recovery Academy have formed a partnership at the nexus of substance-use disorders and public education. On Wednesday, FCPS and the Phoenix Recovery Academy formally entered into the partnership. The partnership will consist of a mix of resource sharing, training and professional development opportunities for FCPS staff, and public education on the lived-experiences of substance-use disorders; FCPS hopes to bring Phoenix students who have successfully recovered from substance-use disorders to…

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BREAKING NEWS: Montgomery County to Require Student Athletes to be Vaccinated against COVID-19

In a Board of Education meeting today, Montgomery County officials announced the updated policy. Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight announced on Thursday that student athletes in the county's K-12 public schools who intend to participate in winter and spring sports and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will need to do so in order to be eligible to play. The story is developing, but for more information on the county's COVID policies, visit its website.

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Ventilation and Air Filtration at the Forefront of September 9 IAC Meeting

On September 9, the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) met virtually to discuss project updates and topics front-of-mind as Maryland kids go back to school. The commission considered Baltimore City school ventilation and A.C., following the recent closure of some city schools due to insufficient or nonexistent air conditioning and air filtration, which health experts say is critical to mitigating COVID-19 transmission. Governor Hogan took up the issue at a September 1 Board of Public Works meeting…

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