Weekly News Roundup: Moldy Classrooms, Politics, National Merit Semifinalists

Students were removed from eight classrooms at Samuel Chase Elementary School, so that mold could be remediated. Some parents had complained that mold was causing illness for their children (ABC 7). Samuel Chase Elementary had been in the news earlier this year when a parent complained that her daughter was suffering from allergic reactions caused by mold in the building (ABC 7).

Maryland Del. James Proctor died on Thursday, at age 79. Proctor had been with PGCPS for more than 30 years (as teacher, principal, and transportation supervisor), before becoming a lawmaker in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Prince George’s County (Washington Post). Both County Council Chairman Franklin and County Executive Baker have issued statements of condolence (See here and here).  Proctor’s widow seeks to fill the seat (Associated Press via Washington Times).

Three Eleanor Roosevelt High School students have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2016. The students are David Gardner, Clara Janzen and Vinaichandra Rachakonda. (PGCPS)

September has been named Attendance Awareness Month in Prince George’s County Public Schools. The percentage of PGCPS students with more than 20 absences during the 2013-2014 school year is higher than the state average. (Baltimore Sun and PGCPS)

The Montgomery County Board of Education has voted to eliminate two-hour end-of-semester exams for high school students, replacing them with shorter assessments given each quarter (Washington Post). Reactions have been mixed, and the Post’s editorial board has expressed disapproval of the plan.

A fire in a Temple Hills apartment complex has displaced an estimated 88 people. No residents were injured. (WTOP)

Prince George’s County is considering legislating paid sick leave for workers in the county (Washington Business Journal). But Council Chair Franklin has delayed putting the bill on the agenda, hoping for “more time to discuss the best approach” (Washington Post).

State Del. William A. Campos has resigned after only nine months in office, where he represented the state’s only majority Hispanic legislative district. (Washington Post)

Glenn Ivey, former Prince George’s County state’s attorney, has launched his campaign for congress, hoping to represent Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. (Washington Post)

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