MD Congressional Delegation Announces $54 Million to Support Children With Disabilities

Members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today announced $53,968,575 from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to strengthen special education services for children across the state. “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for special education services across our state,” the lawmakers said. “This new infusion of American Rescue Plan funding will help Maryland children and families access early intervention programs, speech-language therapy, and counseling services. We will continue to secure federal resources that invest…

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Fun Fact: Celebrating Black Women in Maryland History

The Eastern Shore was home to many notable women in Black History. Below are a few facts from Choptank River Heritage on a few legendary Black Women who have called the Eastern Shore home. Courtesy of Choptank River Heritage Lucretia Kennard Daniels was the first black female supervisor of colored schools in Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties. Worked tirelessly to improve Black education in the early 1900s.Added Negro History to the school curriculum, initiated Homemaking…

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Montgomery Public Schools to Continue Free Meal Distribution Through Summer
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Montgomery Public Schools to Continue Free Meal Distribution Through Summer

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will continue distributing free meals to children throughout the summer, with several sites set up to hand out boxes with a week’s worth of food. During the pandemic, Montgomery has operated several locations for food distribution in order to ensure no child is left hungry. The bulk meal boxes provide breakfast and lunch for seven days and are accompanied by a box of fresh produce and half gallon of milk…

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Hogan Announces $1 Million VaxU Scholarship Promotion

Governor Larry Hogan today officially launched the $1 million VaxU Scholarship Promotion, an incentive program to encourage 12- to 17-year-olds to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Winners will receive a $50,000 scholarship, which covers the equivalent of full tuition and fees at a public, in-state institution of higher education. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will jointly administer this initiative, which will select 20 winners through random drawings between…

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Feds Sign Off on Last Wave of ESSR School Funds

The final installment of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), have been approved and distributed nationwide. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR) funding was a major component of the federal rescue legislation, and its delivery marks federal approval of a wave of state and local plans for its deployment. Details on the program, its allocation, and distribution, are available on the US Department of…

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AT&T Supports Summer Learning to Narrow the Homework Gap

The AT&T Connected Learning Program Commits $3M to Khan Academy Education Content, Plus Provides Free Hot Spots for Students. According to an AT&T press release: This is part of the AT&T Connected Learning program, which was announced in April with a companywide $2 billion, 3-year commitment to bridge the digital divide. The program aims to help stem learning loss, narrow the homework gap, and deliver high quality learning experiences anywhere today’s connected students learn. “Millions of…

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Prince George’s Breaks Ground on Six New Schools

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Prince George's County Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson this week announced the start of construction on six new schools to address growing enrollment, a middle school seat deficit, and rapidly aging buildings. Prince George's County Public Schools is the first school system in the nation to leverage a full-scope alternative financing model to design, build, finance, and maintain a multi-school construction program. While It typically…

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The Emergency Connectivity Fund Is Live!

The Federal Communications Commission today launched the most significant single campaign ever to tackle the Homework Gap and make sure students have access to the broadband and devices they need for school —the Emergency Connectivity Fund. Effective immediately, schools and libraries can apply for support to purchase laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections to facilitate off-campus remote learning. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund will reimburse…

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Governor Hogan Celebrates Opening of First Boys & Girls Club on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
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Governor Hogan Celebrates Opening of First Boys & Girls Club on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Governor Larry Hogan today participated in the ribbon cutting for the first Boys & Girls Club on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Located in Cambridge, the new facility is part of the administration’s $25 million Project Bounce Back initiative to help youth recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All of our Maryland Boys & Girls Clubs provide hope and a safe, inclusive environment to so many young people,” said Governor Hogan. “Now, with the opening of this new…

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New Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today announced new Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for free and reduced-price school meals. The guidelines are set by the federal government and adopted by MSDE. These guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals in child nutrition programs for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the US Department of…

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