AACPS Will Resume In-Person Board Of Education Meetings

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Anne Arundel County Public Schools announced Wednesday that it will resume in-person Board of Education meetings next month. The first in-person meeting will be on Oct. 7.

Though board members can meet in-person, the general public cannot. The meetings will still be closed to county residents to uphold social distancing, the school system said in a press release.

The meetings will still be viewable live on AACPS-TV and the school board’s YouTube channel. Stakeholders can still submit written comments. The board also wants to allow oral comments from its virtual audience, but it is still ironing out the logistics.

The Board of Education also announced that it would move its meetings to 6 p.m. through Dec. 2. Meetings start times previously alternated between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., depending on the week. The Board of Education will revisit the start times after the soon-to-be-elected board

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In crackdown on race-related content, Education Department targets internal book clubs, meetings

An Education Department spokesperson did not comment on the internal agency guidance Wednesday night.

The department’s guidance largely echoes OMB’s memo in describing the type of content that is now disfavored in government training sessions: any material “that teaches, trains or suggests the following: (1) virtually all White people contribute to racism or benefit from racism (2) critical race theory (3) white privilege (4) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country (5) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil (6) Anti-American propaganda.”

Department officials, according to the email, have already concluded that at least some of its training activities — including a program called “Unconscious Bias and Conversations in the Midst of Change” — would be allowed to continue because they do not include any of the topics prohibited by the OMB memo.

The email said department officials have similarly determined that all

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