Weekly News Roundup: Tragedy in Oxon Hill

A 14-year-old Oxon Hill teenager was fatally stabbed on Monday as he tried to protect his mother, who was being held at knifepoint by her boyfriend. His 18-year-old brother was also injured in the attack. Keyshuan Mason was a freshman at Potomac High school, and his family has seen an outpouring of support from the school community. (Washington Post)

Five were injured when a school bus and a pickup truck collided in Brandywine on Friday. Fifteen children were on the bus when the accident occurred. One student, the driver, and three others were injured. None of the injuries were life threatening. (WTOP, ABC 7)

Prince George’s County Public Schools is expanding its commitment to integrating arts with core academic subjects like math and English. The five-year plan is to expand the program to all schools in the system. (CBS DC)

A student recorded a cellphone video of a PGCPS school bus driver texting while the bus was in motion on the way to James Madison Middle School. The bus driver is still employed but is under investigation and may be temporarily suspended with the right to appeal. Changes in the PGCPS policy to include termination in the future are under consideration. (WTOP)

A study by the Council of the Great City Schools shows that the number of standardized tests U.S. students take has increased dramatically in the last decade, with a typical student taking 112 mandated standardized tests between pre-kingergarted and twelfth grade. This is many times more than the number of standardized tests taken students in nations that perform well on international exams. (Washington Post)

Though the overall crime rate is down, the number of homicides in Prince George’s County has already surpassed the 2014 total. (Washington Post)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and his counterpart in Montgomery County, Isiah Leggett, have a longstanding friendship that has influenced both counties. (Washington Post)

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