Community College First-Year Enrollment Hit Hard by Pandemic

In a study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, research shows that public community college enrollment has plummeted due to the pandemic. While first year enrollment for college has dropped by 16.1%, community college enrollment numbers have dropped by 22.7% and overall community college populations shrank by 9.4%. In 2019, colleges only saw a 0.4% decrease in enrollment. From the Washington Examiner: Doug Shapiro, executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, told…

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Reminder: Anne Arundel Childcare Provider Grants Still Available

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) is still taking applications from center and at home childcare providers for grants of up to $50,000 to cover operating expenses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers with lower-than-expected enrollment can use the grants to cover expenses such as rent, payroll, utilities, personal protective equipment, ensuring sanitary physical spaces, and implementing online communications and learning.  The amount of the grant will be determined by the size of the business…

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Carroll Partners with BusPatrol to Increase School Bus Safety

Carroll County Public Schools announced a new partnership with BusPatrol to equip school buses with advanced stop-arm enforcement technology. All 311 of the school system's buses will be equipped with technology including cameras and GPS tracking in order to reduce the illegal passing of school buses and make the journey to and from school safer for all students. Communities using BusPatrol's technology have experienced a 30% reduction in violations year-on-year. From the press release: Mike…

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Feds Grant MPT $100k for Educational Programs

Yesterday, members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation announced that Maryland Public Television will be awarded $100,000 in federal funding to develop personalized learning experiences for children in low-income communities. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn (RTL) Grant Program, and will help MPT increase early learning opportunities through public media, provide children with diverse resources, and support families, caregivers, and educators. From the press release: "Maryland Public Television connects hundreds of thousands…

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MD Casino Revenues Tick Up for First Time Since Pandemic

Operating at 50% capacity, casino revenue increases 1% compared to September 2019 For the first time since their three-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland’s six casinos have produced a year-over-year increase in gaming revenue. While COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit casinos to 50% of their capacity, September 2020 gaming revenues totaled $143,709,268, an increase of $1,486,131 (1%) compared to the September of 2019 total of $142,223,137. Four casinos saw increases from their September…

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Hogan Announces Over $2.8M to Create and Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities

Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has awarded over $2.8 million in grant funding to assist businesses and organization in creating and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland. This $2.8 million is the third in a series of federal expansion grants that the Maryland Department of Labor has secured. The Department allocated $1.75 million of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to create the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF) 2.0, which has successfully helped…

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MML to Host Academy Elective Citizen Engagement Webinar Oct. 15

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) is hosting a Citizen Engagement Webinar on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. This session expands on MML's popular Learning Lab from this Summer's Virtual Conference, after numerous requests for a another session were received. From MML: Based upon this popular demand and a willingness on the part of the instructors to build a more expansive training, the Maryland Municipal League is pleased to announce a…

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Report: Baltimore County High Schools Need $1.2 Billion for Renovations/Expansions

A new report says that Baltimore County's 24 public high schools require renovations and expansions that could cost up to $1.2 billion. The report -- authored by consulting firm CannonDesign -- is part of a collaboration between Baltimore County Government and Baltimore County Public Schools to develop a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to schools. The Multi-Year Improvement Plan for all Schools will assess capital needs based on a number of factors,…

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U.S. Ed Dept & OCR: Schools May Prioritize Special Needs Students When Reopening

After the United States Department of Education reminded schools of the obligation to provide special education services and uphold civil rights laws no matter if students are learning in-person or remotely, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) stated that schools may not prioritize in-person learning opportunities for students based on race, national origin or color - but may prioritize in-person instruction for students with disabilities based on their individual needs. The guidance documents were released…

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U.S. Dept of Ed Not Expected to Appeal in CARES Funding Lawsuits

After multiple lawsuits were filed against the United States Department of Education and the Department's Secretary Betsy DeVos on controversial rule sending CARES funding to private schools, DeVos states that the department will not appeal courts' decisions, which ruled against the interim final rule. As previously reported on Conduit Street, in late August, a federal court in Washington ordered a preliminary injunction against DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education to stop the implementation of…

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