Weekly News Roundup: School Bus Violence, Science Bowl, Literacy Program

A cellphone video shows a sixth grader at Accokeek Academy being beaten on a school bus by other students (Fox32 and WTOP). The mother of one of the attackers claims that her daughter was acting in self-defense after being bullied, but the family of the alleged victim calls those claims “a complete farce” (Fox 5).

CEO Kevin Maxwell’s proposed $2 billion operating budget includes $43 million for teacher raises, $5 million for professional development and additional money for smaller class sizes, expanded prekindergarten, and math and literacy coaches. (Capital Gazette)

Prince George’s County’s science bowl for middle school and elementary school students is now in its 30th year. The Jeopardy-style competition is filmed in a professional television studio each fall and winter. Forty elementary schools and sixteen middle schools compete for spots in the final match-up which takes place in March. (Washington Post)

Hazel Ware, a fifteen-year-old senior at Flowers High School has been taking college classes since she was 13 years old and is currently enrolled at Prince George’s Community College through the Dual Enrollment program. She also founded the AP crusaders group at her school, a study program for students preparing for AP exams. (ABC7)

As part of PGCPS’s new literacy program, students at some high schools are analyzing articles and writing essays in all of their classes, including science and math. (Washington Post)

Congress’s new spending agreement includes $390 million for the FBI’s new headquarters. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) secured the deal. Two of the three potential locations for the new headquarters (Greenbelt, Landover, and Springfield) are in Prince George’s County (Washington Post). Read County Executive Rushern Baker’s statement here.

Maryland’s Testing Commission is studying the number of hours students spend taking standarized tests. The amount of time students spend in county-mandated testing varies widely across the state. (Maryland Reporter)

Another new commission, the 21st Century School Commission, will study school construction policies in Maryland. The commission will make recommendations to the General Assembly next year on how to best meet the construction needs of the state’s school districts. (Washington Post)

Seven Prince George’s County high schools have Millionaire’s Clubs sponsored by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. According to a PGCPS news release, “The Millionaire’s Club utilizes curriculum developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). The club members elect their own leadership, complete a year-end entrepreneurial project and have the opportunity to participate in national competitions such as the Stock Market Game™ and the Personal Finance Challenge™.” (PGCPS)


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