Here's how much those pay cuts for University System of Maryland presidents will actually save

Salary reductions for nearly every president of the University System of Maryland's member colleges this year will yield about $450,000 in savings, accounting for nearly 0.1% of a projected $500 million systemwide budget shortfall. Higher education institutions in Maryland and across the country are scrambling to address unprecedented blows to their bottom lines from the impacts of Covid-19. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Anne Arundel Board of Education candidates weigh in on use of school resource officers

Anne Arundel County Board of Education candidates for the most part supported having officers in schools, with the District 6 candidates most heavily criticizing school resource officers. While candidates in District 2 and District 3 told The Capital in a wide-ranging discussion that having officers in schools is important, they did point to ways they believed relationships could improve, such as changing the selection process or the role officers play. (Balt Sun)

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‘No win’: Parents of Maryland special ed students worry about online learning, but also the risks of returning to schools amid pandemic

The desk from which Landon Stewart attends third grade looks less like a dining table these days and more like a high-tech command center, decked with two computer screens and colored pencils. To attend school online this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9-year-old, who is nonverbal, requires a myriad of devices, including one that allows him to select words on a screen with eye movements so he can communicate with his teacher. (Balt Sun)

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What COVID-19 data for Carroll County Public Schools will be released? Health officer describes ‘tough balancing act.’

Now that public schools in Carroll County are back to in-person learning, at least partially, how much information will the health department and the school system make available to the public about confirmed or potential COVID-19 cases among those who are using school facilities?
That’s what Board of County Commissioners President Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, asked of county Health Officer Ed Singer during Thursday morning’s weekly commissioners meeting, sparking a discussion about balancing individual privacy rights against the public’s right to know. (Carr Co Times)

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Howard County parents, students rally outside school board headquarters to call for return of in-person learning

With horns consistently honking in the background, about 100 parents and students gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Howard County Board of Education headquarters in Ellicott City to advocate for a plan to get kids back into schools for in-person learning. Those who planned the demonstration — organized by the Facebook group Reopen HoCo Schools — said the rally was intentionally scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday, the same day and time that the school board’s meeting was to start. (Balt Sun)

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Some Harford County students back in classrooms for first week of hybrid learning

A small group of Churchville Elementary School students walked through a hallway Thursday morning. Led by a teacher, the children kept socially distanced, masks over their faces and their arms filled with laptop computers, headphones and other classroom gear. “You’re holding your Chromebook so safely — I love it,” Churchville Principal Lisa Minutoli told one girl as the group walked past her and Assistant Principal Bobby Potestio. (Balt Sun)

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Blue Heron Elementary construction progresses on schedule

The construction of Blue Heron Elementary School is progressing and remains on schedule, according to Paul Lebo, chief operating officer for Frederick County Public Schools. The school will sit on a 15-acre site in the Lake Linganore Hamptons West community and will be a partial two-story building. The design, which was approved in July 2019, will have two separate drop-off loops and entrances for cars and school buses as well as a playing field and paved court. (News-Post)

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Anne Arundel Board of Education candidates talk with The Capital ahead of election

Anne Arundel County Board of Education candidates spoke with editors and reporters at The Capital on topics varying from school reopening to school resources officers. The board is transitioning from governor-appointed to a fully elected body, and candidates in District 2, District 3, and District 6 will be decided in the November election. So far, the school board is made up of four elected board members, Candace Antwine of District 1, Melissa Ellis of District 4, and Dana Schallheim of District 5, and Michelle Corkadel, of District 7, and they will serve six-year terms. (Balt Sun)

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