University of Maryland president announces new programs to bolster diversity and support students

During his first hours as president of the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus, Darryll Pines laid out initiatives to respond to a national reckoning on race inspired by protests across the country this summer. Immediately, Pines has called for the naming of new residence halls for groundbreaking Black and Asian alumni, creating a new orientation program for students and staff, reconsidering campus police tactics and equipment, and improving diversity among students and faculty. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City Schools Meal Site Closing Temporarily Due To Employee Testing Positive For Coronavirus

A Baltimore City Schools meal site will close temporarily after an employee working at the site tested positive for COVID-19. The school district said the employee worked at the Beechfield Elementary/Middle School site and may have had contact with others. The site is closing for cleaning and disinfecting. (WJZ)

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University of Maryland, College Park No Longer Under Warning for Lack of Transparency

The University of Maryland, College Park’s accreditation was reaffirmed last week — a recognition required for students to receive federal financial aid. The school had been placed on warning last year by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, months after the death of College Park football player Jordan McNair. (Md Matters)

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Prince George’s County Board of Education wants to change how Black history is taught in public schools

The Prince George’s County Board of Education’s vice chair is calling on the school system to change the way it teaches Black history in the curriculum. Vice Chair Edward Burroughs III wrote a letter last week to the CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools Monica Goldson requesting a change. Alvin Thornton, chairman of the Board of Education, is in support of the letter but is more focused on the process of getting these changes to happen and funding. (Balt Sun)

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Public Invited To Provide Input About Future Of Baltimore County Schools Facilities

Baltimore County Public Schools and the Baltimore County Government are inviting the public to take a survey and provide public comment about school facilities as part of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS). The purpose of MYIPAS is to develop a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to all schools. (WJZ)

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Montgomery Co. schools announces plans for fall classes, amid the coronavirus pandemic

Students in Montgomery County, Maryland, will resume school in the fall but school officials are trying to figure out exactly what that will look like, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Montgomery County Public School staff members discussed the possibility of full-time remote learning or a hybrid of in-person and at-home classes, with students attending on alternate days, during a meeting Monday. (WTOP)

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Howard Community College to hold commencement for 2020 graduates in December

Howard Community College has chosen Dec. 20 as the date for its 2020 commencement. Two months ago, HCC released a plan with two possible graduation dates at the UMBC Event Center in Catonsville — Aug. 21 and Dec. 20. On Wednesday, the community college announced it was choosing the later date to honor its graduates amid the coronavirus pandemic. The December date still gives the opportunity for HCC graduates who have moved on to transfer institutions to have a ceremony while on their winter break. (Balt Sun)

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University Of Maryland Police Opt Out Of Military Surplus Equipment Program, New UMD President Says

The University of Maryland Police Department will no longer take part in a program that allows police departments to obtain surplus military equipment for law enforcement use, new UMD President Darryll Pines said Wednesday. Pines announced the change on his first day as the university’s president. On Twitter, he called the department’s plan to divest from the 1033 program a “big step forward.” (WJZ)

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