Carroll County Schools Faces Teacher Shortage Amid Plans To Switch To Hybrid Learning

As Carroll County Schools get ready to switch over from all virtual learning to a hybrid model with some in-person classes, WJZ has learned the school system is facing a critical teacher shortage. Officials say about 280 teachers are not returning due to personal reasons. The Board of Education is meeting virtually Wednesday to discuss the issue. (WJZ-TV)

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Howard County Board of Education candidate Larry Pretlow II suspends his campaign for District 2 seat

Howard County Board of Education candidate Larry Pretlow II announced the suspension of his campaign in a social media post last week. Pretlow is running against Antonia Barkley Watts for the District 2 seat on the board. With the Nov. 3 election about five weeks away, and mail ballots being sent and filled out by voters, it is too late for Pretlow to officially drop out of the race and remove his name from the ballot. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County Board of Education candidates discuss issues during forum

Carroll County’s four-candidate race for two Board of Education seats made its television debut Tuesday night, giving those interested a chance to satisfy an election craving with something other than the first presidential debate of 2020. Stephanie R. Brooks, Virginia R. Harrison, Marsha B. Herbert, and Donna Sivigny all participated in a candidates forum, hosted by the Community Media Center of Carroll County and the Times. Herbert is the current vice president of the board and Sivigny is president. (Carr Co Times)

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UMSON recognizes AAMC in nursing honor society

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Pi Chapter of Sigma international nursing honor society officially recognized Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) as a member organization during a chartering ceremony, thus changing the chapter’s name to Pi at-Large Chapter. Sigma’s at-large chapters are organized groups of nursing students and nurse leaders from two or more schools of nursing or practice settings. (Daily Record)


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University of Maryland business school names new dean

The University of Maryland has named a new dean for its business school. Prabhudev Konana, an associate dean at the University of Texas at Austin, will take the helm of the Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park. He will start in the new post Jan. 2. Konana said he was “thrilled” to take the role, which is currently filled by interim dean Ritu Agarwal, who is also the founding director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems. (Wash Journal)

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Harford County Public Schools’ 2021-22 calendar calls for classes to start on Wednesday after Labor Day

Harford County Public Schools would have a post-Labor Day start to the 2021-22 school year under the proposed calendar, but with the first day of classes starting on a Wednesday. The proposed calendar for HCPS’s next academic year is available online for public comment, following its recent presentation to the Board of Education. Public comment will be accepted through Nov. 20. (Aegis)

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Here's why some Baltimore area colleges are requiring flu shots this school year

Colleges and universities nationwide, including some in Greater Baltimore, are rolling out new policies this academic year aimed at avoiding a potential "twindemic" of the flu and Covid-19. McDaniel College in Westminster and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are among the schools that have already announced a new requirement for anyone coming onto campus this year: getting the flu vaccine. Although the Hopkins campus is still closed to most faculty and students, the institution announced that anyone visiting the Homewood grounds, including faculty or students working at on-site research labs, must receive the vaccine by December. At McDaniel, the vaccine will be required for all students before they return to campus for the spring semester. (Balt Bus Journal)

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The Universities at Shady Grove's new director says she looks to meet local needs

Anne Khademian, a Virginia Tech professor and presidential fellow, is leaving after a 17-year career at the Blacksburg school's Northern Virginia campus, to become the executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove.  Khademian, who’ll officially take on the role Oct. 19, will replace Stewart Edelstein, who is retiring after 18 years at the helm. She will also take on a dual job as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland. (Balt Bus Journal)

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