Maryland schools experience COVID-19 outbreaks while
Schools are removed from the list once health officials determine that 14 days have passed with no new cases and no tests pending. Two schools stand out for a consistently high number of cases. Bais Yaakov Eva Winer High School, an all-girls private school in Baltimore County, hit a peak of 51 reported cases on Feb. 17, 2021.
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Franchot says young children in schools should be required
(7 days ago) Franchot says young children in schools should be required to get vaccinated. Comptroller and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Franchot said if he is elected to the state’s highest office young children in schools would be required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Yes,” Franchot told MarylandReporter.com.
Did Maryland's public schools reopen too early
(6 days ago) Flanagan, who is a COVID-19 survivor, said he believes Prince George’s County schools were not prepared to reopen on March 1 because the county is still lagging behind most of the other jurisdictions in the state in terms of vaccinating its residents. “Prince George’s County wasn’t ready yet. There’s still a concern in that community.
State roundup: COVID tests for schools; Vaccine supply
(2 days ago) STATE WILL GIVE COVID TESTS TO SCHOOLS: In hopes of getting Maryland’s K-12 students safely back in their classrooms as soon as possible, the state will provide nearly 1 million COVID-19 tests to both public and private school systems-starting now and lasting through the end of June, Bryan Renbaum reports for Maryland Reporter. The supplies will help to test …
Hogan: 'No public health reason for school boards to be
(6 days ago) “The impacts of closed schools on our students have been severe. And we must make every effort to mitigate any further learning loss from this period of disrupted instruction.” Both House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, both of whom are Republicans, praised Hogan’s call to reopen the state’s schools.
Vaccine mandates need public support to be successful
(9 days ago) @BryanRenbaum. While mandating masks in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has garnered some criticism, mandating vaccines for students and staff could very well turn out to be quite another ballgame, one of Maryland’s leading public health officials told a panel of state lawmakers on Monday afternoon. “In the case of masks it seems really simple.
Elrich: Pediatric vaccinations could begin 'as early as
(4 days ago) Bridgers said that on weekends pediatric vaccination sites will be setup at schools throughout the county. “Each cluster site will have 3 to 5 elementary schools in the region so that we can access those students who either walk or take the bus or who bike. These will be operated from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on the weekends.”
Private K-12 schools in Md. get little state aid
(8 days ago) The rift between public and private education couldn’t be much larger than it is in Maryland, where the public schools are boasted about as number 1 in the nation and the private schools receive less state funding than several neighboring states. “Looking at other states when it comes to education, Maryland state government provides significantly less to support private …
State closing all public schools for 2 weeks
(5 days ago) Maryland will close all its public schools for two weeks in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, state Superintendent Karen Salmon announced Thursday afternoon. All public schools will close from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, she said. “All scheduled school-sanctioned travel for travel for students and staff will also
Many Maryland schools set to reopen Monday
(3 days ago) The schools will start with some grade levels, gradually bringing in more over the following weeks. Students can still choose to attend school virtually only. Hogan announced an executive order Tuesday requiring masks for anyone over the age of 5 on school grounds.
Back to school: Will COVID-19 be on the test
(4 days ago) When all of the state’s schools have reopened in about two weeks, teachers may find themselves with an opportunity to teach their class about vaccinations. Will the mRNA technology used by Pfizer and Moderna to make coronavirus vaccines be taught in science class, or will teachers address the myths surrounding Covid-19, the Delta Variant
Part 6 Columbia at 50 EDUCATION: Schools Were Crucial Then
(1 days ago) Schools were seen as essential building blocks of community. Each neighborhood would have an elementary school, with most of the children able to walk to school. The elementary schools would feed into a middle school located near the village center, and these children would then move on to the nearby high school, also in the village center.
State Roundup: Hogan still undecided about future
(8 days ago) PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO GET HUGE CASH INFUSION: After years of complaints that public education is underfunded, Maryland schools will see an unprecedented influx of cash in the coming years, $3 billion in federal dollars and billions more in state and local money, Liz Bowie reports for the Sun. The funds are to help in learning loss over the pandemic.
Hogan: Maryland's schools to receive $10 million in COVID
(2 days ago) The schools were awarded the grants for having implemented strategies that proved successful at improving the education of students who are economically disadvantaged or who have special learning needs. Some of those strategies included launching programs that address the mental health and personalized attention needs of students.
Free meals would be expanded to many schools by
(Just Now) Legislators are moving to dish out free meals to hungry schoolkids, who are too embarrassed by living below the poverty level to eat free lunches in front of peers. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 would abolish the current enrollment process of singling out low-income students with paper applications.
Public schools staying closed for the academic year
(2 days ago) Also on Wednesday, Baltimore County Public Schools disclosed its end-of-the-year plans for students. Middle-school students will receive pass/fail grades. High school students will be given pass/fail grades but will have the option of receiving letter grades. The final day for seniors is May 29. Bryan Renbaum contributed to this report.
Hogan: Maryland's public schools can begin to safely
(8 days ago) State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon urged school systems to “re-evaluate their mode of instruction by the end of the first quarter of the upcoming school year.” Salmon emphasized that a re-evaluation is especially important for those jurisdictions that have decided to have virtual learning for the entire fall semester.
State Roundup: School masking requirements vary by
(3 days ago) With the start of classes weeks away and debate intensifying about mask mandates in schools, Mongtomery County, Maryland’s largest district, opted for the cautious way forward, requiring that face coverings be worn by all, Donna St. George reports in the Post. The Montgomery County Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to require
Elrich defends decision to remove police from public schools
(1 days ago) @BryanRenbaum. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Wednesday defended his decision to remove police officers from public schools, saying the move does not compromise student safety and is designed to address equity concerns.. The current academic calendar year marks the first time in nearly two decades that the county’s schools do not have …
Ferguson applauds State Board of Education vote on
(1 days ago) Del. Johnny Mautz, R-Upper Shore, said schools would be better served by ensuring that sick students remain at home rather than by imposing mask mandates. “I think it is far more important that the administration, both state and local, look at ways to protect the student body and the schools from having sick children come to school.
Public schools will not reopen before May 15
(5 days ago) Public schools will not reopen before May 15. Maryland State School Superintendent Karen Salmon speaks at a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan in Annapolis on Friday. Salmon announced that the closure of public schools will extend through May 15. (Screenshot) Maryland State School Superintendent Karen Salmon said on Friday that the …
State Roundup: State Board of Education votes to require
(3 days ago) MASKS ON IN SCHOOLS: Senate President Bill Ferguson Thursday applauded a State Board of Education vote to require masks for all students and staff at all of the state’s public schools, a move he and other senators had requested in a letter earlier this week, Bryan Renbaum writes for Maryland Reporter. The emergency regulation will require all Maryland …
Public schools will not reopen before April 25
(7 days ago) Schools had been closed since March 16. (Screenshot) Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced on Wednesday that public schools will remain closed for an additional four weeks to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Salmon made the announcement at news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan at the State House in …
How Maryland public schools have responded to COVID-19
(5 days ago) State data updated Dec. 2 shows that schools across Maryland have experienced outbreak-associated cases in schools. Grace Academy in Washington County currently tops the list with 19 total positive cases, with the Glenelg Country School in Howard County and the Bullis School in Montgomery County following behind with 11 and 10 positive cases, respectively.
State Roundup: Elrich defends removing cops from schools
(5 days ago) ELRICH DEFENDS REMOVING POLICE OFFICERS FROM MO CO SCHOOLS: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Wednesday defended his decision to remove police officers from public schools, saying the move does not compromise student safety and is designed to address equity concerns. This marks the first time in nearly two decades that the …
Opinion: Kirwan Commission disregards achievements of
(9 days ago) Funding equity for public schools is a basic goal of the Kirwan Commission. Charters do not “take” from traditional schools. The formulas continue to not account for charters while the general public thinks otherwise. The only difference between our charters and Maryland traditional schools is we traditionally perform better, for less money.
Sen. Klausmeier: Student sex offenders must be kept off
(Just Now) @BryanRenbaum. Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) stressed to panel of Maryland lawmakers on Thursday the urgency of legislation that would require public schools to find off-campus alternative learning arrangements for students who are registered sex offenders. “Senate Bill 1052 prohibits students who are registered sex offenders from …
Should students return to the classroom in the fall
(3 days ago) Salmon first closed public schools in March with the possibility of reopening them before summer. Since that time distance and online learning has replaced classroom instruction. Local school boards are currently considering plans for the 2020-21 school year. Salmon told MarylandReporter.com in a statement that “the Maryland State Department
Senators want to double number of ‘green’ schools
(8 days ago) Currently, 27% of the state’s schools carry the green school certification. A bill before the General Assembly would seek to increase that number to 50%. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Wednesday heard from witnesses supporting SB662, sponsored by Senate President Mike Miller, Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery, who chairs the
Maryland bill would allow therapy dogs in schools
(Just Now) Schools would not be charged with providing the dogs — rather, the bill simply would allow the animals to enter schools with a trained handler. School social workers from Montgomery County brought this legislation to Del. Michelle Guyton, D-Baltimore County, before last year’s session.
Maryland counties vaccinate youngest schoolchildren
(2 days ago) Some schools' parent-teacher associations have made their own partnerships with local nonprofits to staff clinics, Anderson said, including Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Anderson said in the second week of vaccinations, there was a dip in the amount the county received compared with the preceding week and administrators had to reduce
Legislative panel votes to require masks for all students
(8 days ago) Masks will be required for all students and staff at all of Maryland’s public schools following a Tuesday afternoon on an emergency regulation by a panel of state lawmakers. The strictly party-line 10-7 vote by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) followed a four-hour virtual hearing that included
Howard school redistricting plan hurts poor students
(3 days ago) Howard County superintendent Michael Martirano proposed a school redistricting plan that hurts poor children by removing them from “Title I” schools where federally-funded programs help children from low-income families. And the Board of Education spent more taxpayer money on expensive consultants to design this plan than the board
'Free State Politics' Episode 8: Covid and schools, patent
(3 days ago) The 18-minute episode features interviews with Teachers Association of Baltimore County President Cindy Sexton and Baltimore County businessman Larry Porter. Sexton discussed how educators and staff are preparing for the upcoming school year. Porter discussed how he has been impacted by a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidated a patent he …
State Roundup: Fight over Hogan's proposed budget cuts
(3 days ago) So is a proposed $200 million trim in state aid to public schools, although that needs the consent of the General Assembly to pass. What is less discussed is Hogan’s resumption of a time-honored practice used by higher level governments to dump their problems on lower level governments: the shift and shaft, writes Adam Pagnucco for Seventh State.
Schools air conditioning 'solution' makes problem worse
(4 days ago) Second, losing $15 million means fewer schools can get a permanent solution – central air-conditioning. Their action amounts to pure hypocrisy. Franchot went on a 20-minute rant at the start of Board of Public Works meeting with frenzied denunciations of legislative leaders and Kamenetz. Then he did it again later on.
Salmon: School systems will be given flexibility in
(4 days ago) Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon said on Wednesday that local jurisdictions will be given flexibility in deciding how they wish to proceed for the upcoming school year. “In March it was a public health imperative for the state to close all schools in an immediate emergency phase addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alcohol tax money goes to districts that supported it
(4 days ago) Schools that are not title one struggle to buy bulbs for projectors while Title 1 schools are awarded with promethian (spelling?) boards. The money should be evenly disbursed and the parents, teachers, and students should vote on where the money should go and what it should be spent on, not the higher ups in education and the politicians.
State Roundup: Restaurants can start indoor dining; next
(4 days ago) Susan Krebs, April Rose, Haven Shoemaker, and state Sen. Justin Ready signed a June 10 letter addressed to Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon asking her to “increase the capacity of children in child care facilities and to …
Rascovar: Hogan strong arms his own state school board
(4 days ago) Referring to charters as “public schools” is a sham. They are not accountable to elected local school boards, as regular public schools are, and they are unfriendly to teach unions and tend to pay teachers less and get less well trained teachers.
State Roundup: Hogan announces school sports can return
(5 days ago) PAVING THE WAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that formal high school sports practices can begin Oct. 7 with the goal of beginning a fall sports season Oct. 27, Greg Swatek reports for the Frederick News-Post. The announcement came after a tour of the Frederick …
State Roundup: School districts begin to outline how they
(2 days ago) Carroll countians have been eager for a more specific look at what the back-to-school season will look like for the 2020-21 school year, and on Wednesday Carroll County Public Schools plans to release a draft of its plan for the fall, …
Record funding, but legislators want more for schools and
(4 days ago) Statewide, there was a slight majority (52%) who opposed any new taxes, but even among the 60% of Democrats who said they would be willing to pay more for schools – the group most amenable to tax hikes — 25% of Democrats said they would only be willing to pay $250 more, while 19% said they would be willing to pay $500 to $1,000 more.
State Roundup: Hogan announces closures to control COVID
(9 days ago) State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon said all public schools will close for two weeks, starting on Monday, Regina Holmes writes in MarylandReporter.com. Access to government buildings will be severely restricted as part of a wide-ranging set of orders issued Thursday by Gov. Larry Hogan in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19
Part 1: Charter schools expand slowly in Maryland; laws
(5 days ago) Charter schools are publicly funded non-religious schools that are organized differently than a traditional public school. While boards of education set the standards and curriculum for public schools belonging to a school district, charter schools set out the way they are organized – as well as educational philosophies and curriculum – in
Prince George’s County Teacher in ICU; Family awaits COVID
(3 days ago) This article is republished with permission from the Baltimore Post-Examiner.. On the same day state officials ordered Maryland public schools closed four more weeks amid fear of spreading the coronavirus, a 39-year-old Prince George’s County high school teacher lays sedated in a hospital, hooked up to a ventilator, fighting for his life.
Part 2: Charter schools face opposition except in
(9 days ago) Sometimes, charter schools are seen as competitors to the public schools, said Borinsky and Alison Consoletti, research director of the Center for Education Reform. Interested in holding their monopoly on public education, they said some school boards less open to the idea of charter schools might use that argument to turn applications down.
State Roundup: Supt. Salmon gives jurisdictions
(5 days ago) Frederick County Public Schools has yet to make a decision on how it will reopen for the fall semester, but surrounding school districts in Washington and Montgomery counties have already decided to start the school year fully online, Katryna Perera of …