School reopening plans are now part of COVID-19 politics. Teachers fear for their safety.

Coronavirus cases are soaring across the country and some states are pausing the reopening of their economies. Still, pressure is mounting to reopen schools full-time this fall — and it's coming from state politicians, the White House, pediatricians and parents. Teachers are caught in the middle. (USA Today/Delmarva)

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Hopkins calls new federal rules for international students 'disturbing' and 'draconian'

Johns Hopkins University said a new federal regulation that requires foreign students to attend in-person courses at their colleges in the fall or else leave the U.S. is "draconian," and "flies in the face of the continued seriousness of the COVID pandemic." Hopkins is part of a growing chorus of the nation's colleges and universities opposing the rule, which was issued Monday. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore County students call for diverse curriculum, staffing during school district discussion on race

Hiring, curriculum and training need to diversify in Baltimore County Public Schools to properly educate students for society, according to more than a dozen panelists during the first of a series of discussions on race organized by the school system. County school leaders and students participated in Wednesday’s “Conversation on Race and Racism in America and Baltimore County Public Schools” following weeks of protests worldwide after George Floyd’s May 25 death during an arrest in Minneapolis; four officers are charged with killing him. The student panelists said educators must learn how to address racism, which includes understanding the effects of school discipline and the need to provide a space for students to safely discuss current events. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City schools reopening plan proposes 4- to 6-foot distancing, masks and alternating schedules

The Baltimore City school system has proposed relaxing social distancing to as little as 4 feet and requiring face masks for all staff and students when buildings reopen, according to a presentation to staff this week. Schools would open with a combination of online and in-person classes on an alternating schedule, with a goal to transition the district’s youngest students entirely to in-person classes. Families would have the option to take all classes online. (Balt Sun)

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Michigan and four states sue Betsy DeVos over federal school aid rule

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the attorneys general of four other states are suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a July 1 rule that requires sharing funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act between private and public schools. Nessel called DeVos’ rule “a flagrant violation of the plain language of the [CARES] Act.” (Examiner)

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Baltimore City Public Schools To Host Series Of Town Halls About Reopening In Fall

Baltimore City Public Schools announced Wednesday it will host the first of its weekly Reopening Town Halls as part of its initiative that seeks input on the plan to reopen in the fall. Officials said feedback from outreach efforts will help inform the plan that will be presented to the Board of School Commissioners during its July 28 meeting. (WJZ)

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When and how will prep sports 'Return to Play'? Plan released for Maryland schools.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has released its recommendations to local school systems for a Return to Play. The MPSSAA Executive Council authorized the release on Tuesday to assist those eligible for the Return to Play plan with the return of interscholastic athletics and activities. (Daily Times)

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools families nearly split on reopening plans, according to survey results

Survey results of Anne Arundel County Public Schools system showed that families prefer in-person learning in the fall at 49% but a combination of others preferred some incorporation of online learning at 52%. The survey sent out received responses from 45,120 families with a representation of 79,261 students — represents 79,261 students, according to school officials who updated the Anne Arundel Board of Education on reopening plans Tuesday. Nearly 4% of responses also came from Spanish-speaking families. (Balt Sun)

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