FCPS superintendent seeks $701M for fiscal '21 budget

The fiscal 2022 budget for Frederick County Public Schools is $26 million more than the fiscal 2021 spending plan despite a drop in student enrollment this year and uncertainties on how that could affect funding from both the county and state. Superintendent Terry Alban on Monday announced her recommended budget, which totals more than $701 million. (News-Post)

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‘Re-Open BCPS’ Group Rallies To Bring Students, Teachers Back To The Classrooms

A rally held Saturday welcomed parents, students and all those who wanted to see Baltimore County Public Schools students back in the classrooms. After months of virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the students said they’ve had enough. “Virtual learning is not working,” one parent said. “Kids need to be in school.” (WJZ-TV)

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Juanita Miller succeeds Alvin Thornton as Chair of Prince George’s Board of Education

Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) named Juanita Miller, a former state delegate, to succeed Alvin Thornton as the chair of Prince George’s County Board of Education. “Dr. Miller has a vast amount of experience in school administration and working with various agencies that interact with our school system,” Alsobrooks said in a statement on Friday. “We are excited that she is bringing her exceptional leadership skills back to our school system to serve our students, teachers and families.” (WTOP)

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UMD undergraduate survey shows students faced difficulties in the fall semester

The University of Maryland in College Park has released the results of an undergraduate survey showing many students struggled with learning in the fall while navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Students were invited to complete the “Fall 2020 Student Experience Survey” in October and November. Of the nearly 4,600 undergraduate respondents, 75% said that they found studying effectively ranged from “somewhat to very difficult” during the fall semester. (WTOP)

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Black professor at Loyola University Maryland establishes institute for positive dialogue

A series of deadly events culminated with Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead helping create a place at Loyola University Maryland where she wants positive conversations about race to exist and flourish. For Whitehead, it started with the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, a Black Florida teen who was killed by George Zimmerman. It hit closer to home in 2015 with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Then she watched thousands of people — of all races — take to the streets here and elsewhere after several Black people, including George Floyd, were killed by police. (Wash Post)

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Baltimore County parents worry that the extended schools closure is harming their kids

About 150 Baltimore County residents attended a rally Saturday in Towson to decry extended school closures that they say are harming students academically and emotionally. Carol Vidal, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told members of Re-Open Baltimore County Public Schools that while children run the smallest risk from becoming seriously ill after contracting COVID-19, “they are paying the highest price.” (Balt Sun)

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Carroll welcomes back students, again, as hybrid learning resumes for public schools

Students were roaming the Carroll County Public School halls once again on Thursday, the first day back to hybrid learning for cohort B. The Carroll County Board of Education voted, 4-1, on Monday to return students to the building for hybrid after nearly two months of virtual learning. Those in favor of the vote frequently cited a high volume of failing grades as a reason to change learning modes. (Carr Co Times)

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Frederick County Public Schools Delaying Moving To Hybrid Model Due To Worsening COVID-19 Metrics

The Frederick County Public Schools system is delaying moving into a hybrid in-person learning model due to worsening COVID-19 metrics, the school system said Wednesday. The new plan calls for teachers to return to schools on January 27 and students to return under the hybrid model on February 16. February 3 and 10 will be “asynchronous learning days.” The hybrid model breaks students into two cohorts and keeps schools at around 30% capacity. An all-virtual model will remain. (WJZ)

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