Weekly News Roundup: School Lunches, Arts Integration, Saturday School, and Standardized Testing

CEO Responds to School Lunch Reports:  As part of National School Lunch Week, PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell invited FOX 5 along to a Bowie school to have lunch and discuss the recent reports of substandard quality in school lunches.  FOX5

PG County School Closed Due to Fire:  Samuel Chase Elementary School in Temple Hills, MD, was closed Wednesday and Thursday due to a fire caused by an overhead fan.  Students were relocated to a nearby high school.  WTOP

State Lawmakers Investigate Overtesting Complaints:  Lawmakers in the State House and Senate hold a hearing to investigate the common complaint of too many standardized tests in schools.  WBALTV

PGCPS Officials Look to State for School Repair Funds:  Maryland Comptroller visits Suitland High School in a bid by PGCPS to have the state provide matching funds for renovations to ailing schools.  CBSDC

Arts Integration Gains Momentum:  An initiative in PGCPS to integrate arts into the classroom has expanded from 15 to 41 schools over the last year.  This follows a national trend as research emerges showing how combining arts with academics can improve learning.  The Washington Post Continue reading

Weekly News Roundup: Fraud Indictment, Credit Cards, Football

Board of Education member Lyn Mundey was indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally obtaining reduced-price school meals for her child. Mundey is one of five employees of the Government Accountability Office charged with falsifying documents in order to quality for reduced-price meals. The GAO had been conducting a study last year of possible beneficiary fraud within the school lunch program, when it found that some of its own employees were abusing the system. Mundey was already scheduled to leave the Board this month so that she could pursue a doctorate. She had been appointed by County Executive Baker to fill the position left by Carletta Fellows, who had resigned after being censured for misuse of a Board-issued credit card. (Washington Post, WUSA 9)

In January of this year, the Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to eliminate their Board-issued credit cards, which had been used for meals and hotels — sometimes within minutes of their homes — at taxpayer expense. But the Board voted to delay cancellation of the credit cards until April 1, and some Board members continued to use their credit cards months after the January vote. (NBC Washington)

County Executive Baker released a statement on Friday in support of the Purple Line. (County Executive) Later the same day, the County Council praised the County Executive’s decision to increase the Purple Line funding contribution by $20 million. (Prince George’s County Council) Read the Washington Post’s story on the decision to increase funding here.

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