ROCKVILLE, Md. — High school students could skip classes to attend political protests under a proposal up for debate in a Maryland public school district. The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County's school board is expected to approve the proposal as early as January. The proposal is considered to be one of very few in the country that would allow students to take up to three excused absences per year to participate in protests or other forms of civic engagement during the school day. The board is accepting public comments on the proposal until Dec. 16. School board member Patricia O'Neill says the policy is designed to help prepare students to become "the next generation of leaders." … [Read more...] about Students could skip school to protest under board proposal
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Nick Anderson, The Washington Post Published 5:40 pm PDT, Sunday, September 16, 2018 Journalism students work in the News Bubble at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Journalism students work in the News Bubble at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Photo: Handout Courtesy Of John T. Consoli/University Of Maryland Photo: Handout Courtesy Of John T. Consoli/University Of Maryland Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Journalism students work in the News Bubble at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Journalism students work in the News Bubble at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Photo: Handout Courtesy Of John T. … [Read more...] about As Trump rips media, journalism schools see a surge in admissions
Lori Higgins Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Sep 14, 2018 Across most Baltimore City Public Schools, students haven't been able to drink from water fountains for a decade, ever since elevated levels of lead were found. But at Hampstead Hill Academy, a special kind of water fountain is keeping kids hydrated and giving parents a sense of security about the water their youngsters drink. At all six of these water hydration stations — which the Detroit Public Schools Community District is considering installing amid its current water crisis — filters weed out contaminants like lead and copper. Students can get a cool sip of water. Four are also outfitted with water bottle fillers. "Our school is a big fan of the fountains," said Principal Matt Hornbeck, whose school was not among those with elevated levels, but made the switch soon after the districtwide shutdown of drinking water. Across the United States, where concerns about the safety of drinking … [Read more...] about Costly lead problems taxing schools across the U.S.
At the University of Maryland, parents of current football players met with school officials Saturday. They were looking for answers in the death of a player three months ago. They are also looking into whether the school's football team has a "toxic culture." Their meeting comes on the heels of the governing board of the Maryland public university system taking control of two investigations. "It was nice for the first time for me being there as a parent," Darryl Turner, a father of one of the football team members, told CBS affiliate WUSA-TV after Saturday's meeting. "They were kind of a little emotional. Parents asked questions with some tears." One of the investigations will look into the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. He died in June from heatstroke at a team workout. There is also a probe into whether the football program has fostered an abusive culture. As a result, head coach DJ Durkin was placed on leave, but his players are coming to his defense. "These … [Read more...] about “The program is not toxic”: Parent defends University of Maryland football program, coach
CECIL CO., Md. - A Maryland school district is investigating after one of its gym teachers has been charged with animal cruelty in the strangling and beating death of a 4-month-old puppy.Todd Corron, a 36-year-old physical education teacher at Elkton High School, has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal for an incident that occurred on June 16. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and a possible $5,000 fine.He's due back in court on Aug. 28.Those convicted of animal cruelty they are also no longer allowed to adopt pets from the Cecil County Animal Services, and their information is sent to neighboring communities.Abigail Lightning-Bingham, the Chief of Animal Welfare Enforcement, said that a 4-month-old puppy was strangled and beaten to death at a home on Harrisville Rd. in Colora.“For any animal lover or for just any human being, in general, to think that an innocent creature that cannot speak up for itself … [Read more...] about Maryland high school gym teacher charged with animal cruelty in puppy’s choking death