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.

Required Reading: Meet Maryland’s Robert Moses; How PGCPS skewed national absentee data

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Jan. 9, 2019, edition: Meet the man who made your neighborhood; How Prince George’s County skewed national absenteeism data, and more below:

Meet suburban Washington’s Robert Moses: Harland Bartholomew – Greater Greater Washington

How bad data from one district skewed national rankings on chronic absenteeism – Edweek

Man murdered in Lanham backyard – WJLA

Maryland County execs back drug affordability board – Black Press USA

The modernist facade of Prince George's County's Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

Required Reading: Stadium limbo, dryer fires, and stadium tug-o-war

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In today’s edition: Terps win national championship, a fight over future Redskins stadium sites is brewing, and how far is too far for your county government? Terps win fourth NCAA mens soccer crown (ESPN)

Outbreak of dryer fires in Prince George’s sparks concern (WRC)

Academy of health sciences tops Maryland school achievement report (Washington Informer)

Bowser teams up with Republicans to win control of RFK campus (WAMU)

DC stadium opponents fight possible new Redskins stadium in DC (WTOP)

Hogan pitches National Harbor for Redskins stadium (Maryland Matters)

Prince George’s county seat is too remote for most residents (Greater Greater Washington)

Bowie city councilor to resign over health issues (Capital Gazette)

Required Reading: Medical marijuana, Redskins stadium, Amazon hopes

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 10, 2018, edition: Maryland’s medical marijuana market is doing very well, new faces on the school board, and Prince George’s County hopes to cash in on Amazon’s HQ2 moves. Maryland medical marijuana market booms in first year (The Baltimore Sun)

Prince George’s could still be ‘winner’ despite losing Amazon HQ2 hunt (The Washington Post)

Alsobrooks takes her place in history (Black Press USA)

Redskins work Congress on stadium provision in spending bill (The Washington Post)

Maryland man makes mark with weaves for men (Associated Press)

School bush crash injures 19 middle schoolers (WTOP)

Purple Line construction continues as UMD postpones new parking garage (The Diamondback)

Millennials join the school board (The Washington Post)