Weekly News Roundup: Sex Abuse Conviction for Football Coach, School Lunch Brouhaha

Former High Point High School football coach and special education teacher Andre Brown was convicted Friday of sexual abuse of a minor. He had been arrested in 2014 for having sex with a 17-year-old student in a locker room the previous fall. Brown is due to be sentenced in October and could face up to 25 years of imprisonment. (Washington Post)

Fox News reported that Prince George’s County students were complaining about moldy and undercooked food, tweeting photographs of disgusting school lunches. However, PGCPS responded, saying that those photographs were not taken in our school district. This was clear to food services staff, because the trays and food items pictured in the meals were not stocked by PGCPS. (Read or view the original story and the follow-up report on Fox News 5.) Several days after the Fox News story aired, PGCPS posted a positive video on its Facebook page about the cafeteria food served in county schools.

Bisnow’s article titled, “Why Prince George’s County is Just Getting Started,” is an effusively optimistic look at the county’s recent economic development and potential for future growth. For example, here’s one quote from County Executive Rushern Baker: “Think of Bethesda, Rockville, Columbia Heights. That’s how Largo is going to look.” (Bisnow)

PGCPS is planning or participating in an impressive list of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held from September 15 through October 15. (PGCPS)

In a September 10 work session, the Board of Education set a series of literacy goals — including mathematical and digital literacy — and benchmarks for PGCPS students. For example, one specific goal is to increase SAT scores from the current average of 1197 to 1550, a score which is considered to demonstrate “college readiness.” (Sentinel)

Central High School senior Khalil Parker student not only has his own French tutoring business but also spent three and a half weeks doing an internship in China, where he taught French and English. The dual-enrollment student is enrolled in Central High’s French immersion program and International Baccalaureate program. (PGCPS)

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin writes that the problem with America’s schools is that we have too many teachers. She promotes increasing class sizes — smaller class sizes don’t improve learning, she claims — and making requirements for teacher certification more rigorous. (Washington Post)

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