University of Maryland to name new dorms after first Black student and others who helped diversify the campus

The University of Maryland in College Park will name two new residence halls after former students who helped diversify the campus in the 19th and 20th centuries, officials announced Monday. Whittle-Johnson Hall will honor Hiram Whittle, the first African American man to be admitted to the university, in 1951, and Elaine Johnson Coates, who in 1959 became the first African American woman to graduate with an undergraduate degree. (Wash Post)

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Hood College receives $3 million gift for scholarship, renovations

Hood College received $3.4 million from the Hodson Trust to support student scholarships and the renovation of the college's library and learning commons, according to a recent press release. Of the $3.4 million, $1.5 million will be used for the renovation. The remaining money will be designated for The Hodson Trust Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund, which helps provide a Hood education to students who otherwise might not have been able to attend college. (News-Post)

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‘Transformational’: MacKenzie Scott’s gifts to HBCUs, other colleges surpass $800 million

With no advance notice, the billionaire’s representatives launched a flurry of emails and telephone calls this year to unsuspecting colleges and universities across the country dedicated to serving large numbers of Black, Latino and Native American students. In early October, one such message reached Harold L. Martin, chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, the nation’s largest historically Black university. (Wash Post)

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Baltimore Co. Teachers, Administrators ‘Angry’ Over Lack of Communication About Ransomware Attack

The leaders of the teachers’ union and a group representing Baltimore County Public Schools administrators have written to Dr. Darryl Williams, the school superintendent, saying they are “tired, frustrated and angry” about the lack of communication from him over how the district is handling a ransomware attack that struck just before Thanksgiving. The letter was sent Sunday by Tom DeHart, executive director of the Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees, and Cindy L. Sexton, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County. (Md Matters)

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The Anne Arundel Board of Education wants to hear from you about school start and dismissal times

A change in school start and dismissal times means more than students and teachers resetting their alarms. In a Board of Education workshop this week, several Anne Arundel County Public School community members and employees discussed the impact changing start and stop times would have on things like bus routes, childcare, student safety, sports and other extracurriculars. Now, the board wants to hear from the public. A hearing will be held via livestream at 6 p.m. on Monday. (Capital)

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With data presumed unrecoverable, Baltimore County Schools scramble to recover from cyber attack

Baltimore County Schools won praise for restarting student learning after last month’s cyber attack. But behind the scenes, the system is still reeling from the assault, including its devastating impact on students’ educational records. Some student records are “presumed completely unrecoverable,” a Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) employee with information about the attack’s impact told The Brew. “SIS [the Student Information System] is toast,” said the employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity. (Brew)

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Bowie State plans to use $25M from MacKenzie Scott for endowment, offering more scholarships and programs

Bowie State University plans to use a $25 million gift it received from MacKenzie Scott to grow its endowment, which will offer more financial help to students, enhance existing programs and create new ones, the college president said. Generations to come will benefit from this gift from MacKenzie Scott, said Bowie State University President Aminta Breaux.The donation marks the largest single private donation in the university’s history. (Capital)

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Child abuse, neglect cases involving MCPS staff, contractors, volunteers down in past year

The number of suspected child abuse or neglect cases involving Montgomery County Public Schools employees, contractors and volunteers was down last year, according to a new report from the school district. In Fiscal Year 2020, there were 270 cases of alleged abuse or neglect reported to Child Protective Services or local police involving MCPS employees, contractors and volunteers, resulting in the termination of 14 employees, according to the district’s report, which is released annually. (Bethesda Beat)

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