UMd. receives $300,000 for blue crab research

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, all D-Md., July 27 announced $299,963 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park for research into a new processing technology that could enhance the competitiveness of the domestic blue crab industry. The funding comes from the 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program through the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. (Star Dem)

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As Baltimore County schools prep for a virtual return, parents of special education students wonder if they’ll be left further behind

Emily Mullinix, a mother of two, worried that her 11-year-old daughter would have a tough time at Arbutus Middle School. Having a student who relies on in-person communication with a speech language pathologist, Mullinix is worried how her daughter’s relationship with the specialist will translate online. For most students the start of middle school brings about a variety of new experiences — new classes, new peers, new teachers. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery County health officials bar private schools from in-person classes in the fall

Montgomery County’s top health official has barred private schools from reopening this fall as many had planned, making the county the first in the state to issue such an edict and attracting the ire of Gov. Larry Hogan. In a news release Friday, Montgomery County Health Officer Travis Gayles announced that all nonpublic schools would be required to remain closed to in-person instruction through Oct. 1, arguing that in-person classes present too much danger to students and teachers amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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As Maryland public schools go online this fall, private and parochial schools are ready to welcome students on campus

As Maryland’s public schools announced their decisions to keep their doors closed at least for the beginning of the school year, private schools have done just the reverse — arguing they have the ability to give families the in-person classes they want while keeping students safe. Because of their small size, some experts say, private and Catholic schools are better able to make quick adjustments to their curriculum and often have more physical space to spread students out. But financial forces and teachers unions are also shaping public and private school decisions. (Balt Sun)

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Frederick High student chosen for State Department language program

Mia Venezia was supposed to spend her summer halfway across the world in Taiwan, improving her Chinese language skills and connecting with Chinese students and academics. But due to COVID-19, she is still at home in Frederick. She is still learning and connecting though. She is constantly on Zoom calls attending classes and conversing with other students through a program called the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLIY). (News-Post)

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A Baltimore County teacher wouldn’t let the pandemic shut down lessons for her students with disabilities

Teacher Allison Engel and the rest of the staff at Ridge Ruxton School in Towson had just one day to pull off the impossible and figure out how to educate their students with disabilities over a computer screen. On Thursday, March 12, Maryland schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on orders of Gov. Larry Hogan. Instruction, state teachers were told, would have to take place via remote instruction. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County bus contractor given ‘Top Gun Award’ for 53-year perfect driving record before his death

Jim Rill, a longtime bus driver and contractor, was the smiling face that many Westminster children saw at the start of their school day for 53 years. The Carroll County School Bus Contractors Association and the Carroll County Public Schools Transportation Services Department presented him with the Top Gun Award shortly before he died July 16 after a battle with cancer. (Carr Co Times)

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Maryland mandates coronavirus tests for all students, faculty at state system colleges

Students and staff soon to arrive on the campuses of the state’s public colleges for the coming academic year must be tested in advance for the coronavirus, the University System of Maryland said Thursday. Citing recent spikes in COVID-19 cases across many parts of the country, officials said anyone arriving on the campuses must provide proof of a negative test conducted within 14 days of arrival, officials said. (Balt Sun)

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