Weekly News Roundup: Salary Disparities, Cricket Leagues, Proposed Legislation

A report from the Washington Area Boards of Education (WABE) shows large disparities in average teacher salary between school districts in the Washington area. The average teacher salary in Prince George’s County is $9,300 less than it is in Montgomery County. Virginia’s Prince William County has the lowest average teacher salary in the region, and Arlington County is the highest-paying suburban district in the region (Washington Post). To read the entire WABE report, which includes other information such as cost per pupil, total enrollment, and funding sources, go here.

The Prince George’s County delegation is proposing more than two dozen bills in the upcoming legislative session. Among them are a pilot program that would move schools toward a restorative justice discipline model, as an alternative to suspensions, a bill to establish an inspector general over Prince George’s County Public Schools, and a proposal to require CEO Maxwell to report regularly to the general assembly about the school system’s finances (Washington Post).

Delegate Alonzo Washington provides more details about his proposal to establish an Office of the Inspector General in PGCPS and his proposal to move toward a restorative justice model of discipline in his November 18th newsletter.

Andre Brown, a former High Point High School teacher who was convicted in September of sexually abusing a student, was sentenced on Thursday to ten years in prison. (NBC 4)

PGCPS students are participating in the nation’s first ever cricket leagues for elementary and middle school students. Fifteen elementary schools and four middle schools participated in the Bowie Elementary School Teams (BEST) and Washington Area Middle School (WAMS) Cricket Leagues in 2015. (PGCPS)

The state’s 19-member commission to review standardized testing met for the first time on Tuesday (Maryland Reporter). To read the Maryland State Department’s 320-page report listing all mandatory tests in every school district, go here.

At its November 12th meeting, the Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to support a state law that allows the county executive to raise the property taxes above the current limit, as long as the extra revenue is used for the schools. (Washington Post)

About half of America’s high school athletics organizations are using advertising dollars from fast food and soft drink companies to cover some of their costs. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSA) is sponsored by the fast food chain Wendy’s. (Washington Post)

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