Baltimore County Announces New Childcare and Academic Support Initiatives

Yesterday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams announced two new initiatives — Childcare Subsidies and Academic Support Centers. Olszewski announced that the County has allocated up to $7 million to provide childcare subsidies. Qualifying families with children ages 5 to 12 will receive $250 per week per child to cover the cost of care at any childcare provider licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education…

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University of Maryland Launches Small Business Policy “Hack-A-Thon”

The University of Maryland and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are launching a "Small Business Policy Hack-A-Thon." The Hack-A-Thon will bring students and small business representatives together with the goal of creating policy proposals to tackle the economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.  The event, which began yesterday with a virtual kickoff meeting, will take place over the next several weeks with teams working in specific policy focus areas: small minority- and women-owned…

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MSDE Partners with Sephora on Training Program for Individuals with Disabilities

The Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitative Services (MSDE DORS) announced a new partnership with Sephora and the Community College of Baltimore County to provide career opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Sephora and MSDE DORS will partner with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to provide on-site warehouse associate training at its Maryland Distribution Center in an innovative customized training program. From MSDE's press release: “We are excited about our partnership with…

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Superintendent Asks for Empathy As Virtual Learning Begins in Howard County

Today marks the end of the first week of virtual learning for thousands of students in Howard County. Superintendent Michael Martirano asks the community to have empathy for each other as they continue to navigate the relatively new way of learning. From WBAL News Radio: "The superintendent of Howard County Schools is asking that everyone in the community have empathy for the teachers, students and families as virtual learning begins again. Martirano says if a…

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Montgomery Launches Enhanced Deaf Culture Digital Library Website

Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library (Maryland DCDL) recently launched a newly enhanced website that will provide a more comprehensive digital content "related to American Sign Language, Deaf culture, Deaf history, Deaf literature, news in American Sign Language, lists of organizations, and more." Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has hosted, developed, and managed Maryland DCDL since 2015 on behalf of the Maryland State Library. In 2019, MCPL secured a contract with Eyeth Studios in order to…

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Frederick Adds Health Metric to COVID-19 Data Dashboard, Will Help to Guide School Reopenings

Frederick County’s COVID-19 data dashboard now includes the County’s rate of new coronavirus cases, a key metric used to determine when schools may consider reopening for in-person instruction. Guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education said that communities could expand in-person instruction only after their positivity rate drops below 5% and their seven-day average case rate drops to 5 or fewer per 100,000 residents. Frederick County currently meets only one of the two standards.…

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Baltimore City to Open Student Learning Centers for Small Groups

Baltimore City Public Schools will partner with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to open 15 elementary schools for students to learn online in small groups, beginning September 28. This partnership will allow for 1,000 students to access remote lessons in small groups throughout the city. The Student Learning Centers will help students who do not have internet at home or are less likely to be able to access classes online, providing a space for them…

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MD to Enter Stage Three of Recovery, Hogan Continues to Push for In-Person Learning

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference to provide an update on Maryland's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and announced Maryland's step forward into Stage 3. Governor Hogan began the press conference by commending the State Board of Education for voting to require local school systems that have not developed in-person instruction plans to reevaluate their plans by the end of the first quarter. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the state recently announced…

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