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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MD: Education

In addition to school closings and a ban on large gatherings, Maryland officials are closing the Port of Baltimore to passenger cruise ships in light of the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland officials have announced the state's first case of community-transmitted new coronavirus. That has contributed to a series of large-scale actions to slow the spread of the virus. Some of the actions the state is mandating include closing all public schools from March 16 t

Baltimore’s Middle Grades Partnership students have a three-year retention rate of 78%. (Middle Grades Partnership)

BALTIMORE – More low-income middle school students in Baltimore are getting into academically rigorous high schools, and they credit the city's Middle Grades Partnership learning program. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Middle Grades Partnership crosses economic and racial lines by pai

According to a new poll, 50% of Maryland educators held a second job to make ends meet last year — up nine points from the year before. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As children go back to school Tuesday, almost all Maryland teachers say they pay for some school supplies out of their own pockets – and about half work a second job to have the money to do so. Those statistics are from a new poll of 800 Maryland State Education Associ

Advocates say teaching the history of LGBTQ rights and disability rights in Maryland schools can help underrepresented students feel more accepted in the classroom. (Manny DaCunha/Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland Department of Education says it is looking to add curriculum that explores the history of the LGBTQ rights and disability rights movements. The move comes after a push by lawmakers earlier this month to expand the state's history studies to include lessons focus

The 2018 Maryland Report Card offers public access to more details on measures of success in the state's 1,400 public schools. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Achievement gaps persist between students of color and white students, according to a new analysis of Maryland's public schools. Education advocates say the state needs to make finding solutions a priority. The Baltimore Community Foundation commissioned the report by The Education

Gov. Larry Hogan was the keynote speaker for the 2016 Honors Convocation at Morgan State University. (Joe Andrucyk/Maryland GovPics/Flickr)

BALTIMORE — A 12-year lawsuit filed by Maryland's four historically black colleges and universities against the state will continue in December, with both sides preparing for oral arguments. The four institutions - Bowie, Coppin and Morgan State Universities and the University of Maryland Ea

Montgomery County Schools began the school year by offering free condoms at four high schools before expanding countywide. (Pixabay)

ROCKVILLE, Md. – After seeing a double-digit surge in chlamydia and gonorrhea, the Montgomery County school board voted unanimously Tuesday to offer condoms at all of its high schools. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a continuous rise of sexually tran

AARP Maryland, the AARP Foundation and REAL School Gardens partner to build an outdoor classroom for southwest Baltimore students. (REAL School Gardens)

BALTIMORE – In southwest Baltimore, an empty schoolyard will be transformed into an outdoor classroom and learning garden to help students improve science, math, literacy and nutrition education. Thursday’s Big Dig garden-building event at James McHenry Elementary School will have more

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