University of Maryland Global Campus brings on Southern New Hampshire University exec as new president

University of Maryland Global Campus's new president is the former head of Southern New Hampshire University's Global Campus. Gregory Fowler took the helm of the state's online university Monday after nine years at SNHU, which as of fall 2019 had the second-largest enrollment in the country largely boosted by its online offerings. Fowler served as both chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs at SNHU before becoming president of the school's global campus in September 2018. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Petition circulates to allow in-person learning for Worcester County schools

A petition that asks for the Worcester County Board of Education and Superintendent Lou Taylor to allow in-person learning to commence is circulating throughout the community. "Prolonged school closures have a clear negative impact on children's health, education, and development," the petition states. "For underprivileged children these problems are exasperated. Private schools in the community have been open successfully since September. This will do nothing but widen the gap for the underprivileged." (Delmarva)

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Washington County Public Schools postpones in-person return

Washington County Public Schools is postponing the return to in-person learning by about two weeks in light of Washington County's high COVID-19 case figures, the school system announced Monday. The school system postponed the earliest date in-person learning could resume because community COVID-19 metrics continue to increase, with Washington County leading the state in both positivity rate and cases per 100,000 people, according to the notice scheduled to be shared with students' families late Monday. (Herald Mail)

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While schools have reopened in much of the country, many Maryland students remain online

While about half of students in the country will be able to go back to their school buildings this week, those in Central Maryland will remain glued to computer screens in their bedrooms and kitchens with no clear idea of when they might get back to in-person classes. Throughout the pandemic, few students in suburban Maryland counties have been back inside a school, despite months when COVID-19 rates were relatively low and other districts across the nation — such as New York City and Providence, Rhode Island — were opening back up. (Balt Sun)

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Access to education, HBCU funding among higher ed priorities in 2021

Between unexpected closures, shaky reopenings, salary cuts and more, Maryland universities have taken the force of the coronavirus pandemic head-on. As schools head into the spring semester, and the Maryland General Assembly heads into its 2021 session, the legislature’s priorities for higher education are varied — and aren’t all strictly COVID-19-related. (Daily Record)

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Parents Hold Demonstration In Annapolis, Call For Maryland Schools To Reopen

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Annapolis on Saturday calling for Maryland schools to reopen. Parents with Rally for Our Kids and Re-Open Maryland Schools joined in an effort to send a message to state and local leaders. “We’re out here for answers on why we’re not seeing any action,” Joe Johnston, of Cecil County, said. (WJZ-TV)

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Online education leader to take over at University of Maryland Global Campus

A veteran online education leader and English scholar who has pushed for workforce-oriented programs serving students at all stages of adult life is poised to take over Monday as president of the University of Maryland Global Campus. Gregory Fowler, 50, has been a senior official for nearly nine years at fast-growing Southern New Hampshire University. Enrollment at the private, nonprofit university, fueled by a booming online program, exceeded 113,000 students in fall 2019 and surged even higher in 2020. (Wash Post)

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Worcester To Welcome Back Students, Teachers Monday For In-Person Instruction; County To Continue Distance Learning For Majority

Worcester County’s public schools will welcome some students back to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4. Though local COVID-19 figures are on the rise, Worcester County Public Schools will open schools to a targeted group of students Monday. Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said in a message to parents this week that the reopening comes after comprehensive staff training in December, when students were engaged in distance learning. (Dispatch)

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