Weekly News Roundup: Free Summer Lunches, Bitter Budget Debate at Board Meeting, Future of Forestville High, MUST Tests Suspended

Free summer lunches for children 18 years and younger will be provided at several county schools from June 29 though August 7. No proof of income is required. See flyer for details. (PGCPS) News channel NBC Washington reports that the meals will also be available at a handful of libraries and provides a map. (NBC 4)

“The Prince George’s County Board of Education engaged in one of its most bitter battles in recent memory while giving approval to changes to the school system’s 2016 budget.” (Sentinel)

“To fill the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of Dr. Daniel Kaufman, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III is now accepting applications from residents who are interested in serving as an At-Large appointed member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.” (Prince George’s County Executive)

“Some parents and students in the Forestville High School community say recent changes may be the cause of violent attacks there this year, and they want the school to go back to a full military academy.” The school had been a full military academy until 2013. (NBC 4)

“Students in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will take one fewer test in the upcoming school year after the school administration decided to eliminate mandatory unit systemic tests (MUST) assessments.” (Sentinel)

The Washington Post explains how Republican Governor Hogan went from skeptic to supporter — with conditions — of the Purple Line. “He had a lot of questions. Every time I met with him, I would leave with another list,” said Maryland’s trasnportation secretary Pete Rahn. “The governor was skeptical in the beginning. His position, obviously, evolved.” (Washington Post)

“The University of Maryland has been trying to persuade graduates, faculty and university-backed start-ups to stick around College Park and battery maker FlexEl LLC has signed on the dotted line.” The award-winning battery maker will open a research, development and manufacturing operation this fall at a site leased from the university. (Washington Post)

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