Opinion: Thomas Stone Elementary students deserve better

Earlier this month, Thomas S. Stone Elementary School’s principal, Ashanti Foster, was placed on administrative leave after parents and community leaders objected to a planned White House field trip that would have required students to provide citizenship information. The Washington Post reported the principal was suspended over the wording of the permission slip. School district officials have since come under fire for taking such a significant step over such a seemingly minor mistake. But the reality is more complicated. The field trip and permission slip were simply the latest in a long series of management failures.

Benitez wins 4 years on Mount Rainier Council; Brentwood, N. Brentwood, Riverdale Park results

Incumbent Mount Rainier City Councilor Celina Benitez has decisively won a four-year term, holding on to her seat in the Gateway City’s Ward One she first won two years ago. Benitez defeated rival Charnette Robinson by a vote of 281 to 109, according to unofficial results. While the final numbers could change due to potentially-outstanding absentee ballots, there are too few such ballots outstanding to change the final result, according to Mount Rainier election officials. “I’m definitely happy the community came out. It was an election where there with only Council members, so sometimes you tendto feel people will not come out, especially when there’s not a Federal election,” said Benitez in an interview after the votes were counted.

Election day dawns for Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Riverdale Park

Route 1 Reporter is tracking elections in Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Riverdale Park today, as voters in municipalities across Maryland head to the polls in the culmination of the spring local election season. Many of Monday’s inner-Route 1 races are all-but decided. Incumbents are running unopposed for North Brentwood’s Mayor and Council seat II. Only one race is competitive in Riverdale Park. In Brentwood, incumbent Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez is unopposed.

Analysis: Finding the subtext in Mount Rainier’s City Council debate

Mount Rainier’s three candidates for City Council seats met this week in the only debate planned before the May elections. For two candidates — incumbent Ward One Councilor Celina Benitez and her opponent, local activist Charnette Robinson — it was a chance to define themselves against the other. But they didn’t really succeed — unless, that is, you were already familiar with the candidates.

Mount Rainier, Brentwood elections heat up fast

Brentwood Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez will likely hold onto her seat, but the small town has a competitive field for four Town Council seats up for grabs. Meanwhile, as the filing deadline to run for office in Mount Rainier comes to a close, several candidates have expressed an interest in running.