Hopkins closes on former Newseum building in D.C. to use for research, education, public events

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Johns Hopkins University on Monday closed on the former Newseum building in Washington D.C. after more than a year of working to gain the necessary approvals and community input for the project.

The Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, closed to the public at the end of 2019 after financial difficulties.

The university said it plans to renovate the building, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and use it for research, education and public engagement.

Hogan directs $210M in federal funds to education as state cuts loom

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Gov. Larry Hogan is directing $210 million in federal funds toward improving remote learning and targeted tutoring, days before the Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up more than $100 million in education cuts his administration is proposing.

The Park School of Baltimore Offers Summer Courses for Kindergarten – Grade 12


Faculty members at The Park School of Baltimore are sharing their time and talents this summer, offering a variety of online courses and activities for a range of ages, Kindergarten through Grade 12.

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This year, teachers’ mettle was tested as they were tasked to take classroom curriculum to online overnight due to the Coronavirus pandemic that closed schools nationwide.

While this school year may be coming to a close, a teacher’s work is never done. Summer will find many teachers taking the opportunity earn CEUs towards their recertification and CCBC will be there for them offering a wide variety of online options to help them fulfill those requirements.

In order to maintain their certification, Maryland teachers are required to take six-credits of instruction every five years. CCBC’s Teacher Education Program has multiple course options for teachers at the early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school level, as well as those working or interested in special populations.

Frederick Douglass High School shooting moved three students to take action

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By Mohan Xu and Mike Revollo
Capital News Service

The three students at Frederick Douglass High School grew up amid the violence and trauma that plague the city, where crime can begin to feel routine. Yet when a shooter fired a gun inside their school on Feb. 8, 2019, they were stunned.

“I did not believe what was going on,” Jaionna Santos said.

“It was surreal,” Bryonna Harris added.

Damani Thomas couldn’t sleep. “Why did that happen to Frederick Douglass? Why did that happen to us in school?”

As they tried to find answers, the students came to see that the violence that they accepted as inevitable should not be considered normal. So on April 10, 2019, they told their stories to the Baltimore City Council. Their effort was a catalyst for the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act.

Nolita Project checks in with teenagers looking for support

Tanasia Thomas and Larry Thompson, Reach! Partnership High School students, talk with Wesley Hawkins during their weekly session in spring 2020. (Photo by Victoria Daniels/Capital News Service)

By Sydney Clark and Victoria Lorren Daniels
Capital News Service

Larry Thompson, a junior at Reach! Partnership School, in the the Clifton Park area, counts at least nine friends who died in the last two years—shootings, stabbings, a car crash, a drowning.

“I’ve been losing friends back to back,” he said.

These teenagers deal with trauma every day.

Deaths are announced over the school intercom.

Classmates decorate the dead students’ lockers as memorials, grim reminders of the school’s losses.

Coalition demands lawmakers limit police use of force, remove law enforcement from schools, other reforms

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A coalition of more than 60 social justice advocacy groups are calling on Maryland legislators to support police reforms, including efforts to reduce officers’ protections in misconduct investigations and make information about those investigations more transparent to the public.

In a letter to members of the Maryland General Assembly, the coalition demands that state lawmakers pass a series of “overdue” police reforms into law during the next legislative session to “bring justice for our communities.”

Orange Element Announces New Partnership with Baltimore-Based Cristo Rey Jesuit High School


Orange Element is proud to announce a new partnership with Baltimore-based Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ). Cristo Rey Jesuit High School empowers Baltimore youth to succeed in college, career, and life, providing access and opportunity for students of religious, racial, and ethnic diversity. Their students excel through rigorous academics, a corporate internship program, extracurricular activities, and faith formation.

Orange Element brings its strong non-profit expertise to the partnership, with one of the first deliverables being a dynamic, modern, and comprehensive web presence for CRJ that serves both short- and long-term strategic needs. Accurately representing the vibrant student life of the school, bringing to life student success stories, and enhancing visibility to community partners is paramount in the new CRJ online experience.

“We are excited about our new partnership with Orange Element; they share our commitment to Baltimore. We truly value their innovative spirit and collaboration.” – Dr, Bill Heiser, President of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Student Perspectives: Student athletes and the coronavirus


atFor High School seniors bound for college, the Coronavirus pandemic hit at a pivotal time in their lives. Izzy Marsh, a senior at the McDonogh School, wishes she had one more day to say goodbye to her “second home” of thirteen years.

Maryland to allow reopening of indoor dining, gyms and more

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that indoor dining would be allowed to resume on Friday, gyms will be allowed to reopen next week, and Maryland is lifting restrictions on other businesses and activities under phase two of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Indoor dining, gyms, childcare centers, outdoor graduation ceremonies and more will be allowed to resume with restrictions, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday.

Hogan said that Maryland has seen “dramatic” declines in several coronavirus-related measurements, allowing the state to lift more restrictions under phase two of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” plan.

But he also cautioned Marylanders to continue protecting themselves against coronavirus.

“The fight against this virus is far from over,” he said. “In fact, now more than ever as we begin to come in contact with more people, we must all continue to remain vigilant.”