Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan extended the statewide closure of schools through at least April 24, 2020. Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson said state and county school officials were working to develop plans to address technology-access gaps that make it hard for many students to take advantage of the remote-teaching tools. The school system is trying to poll all students and families at each of its schools to learn more about technology and internet access in the home. Surveys have been circulated among school social networks and newsletters, and county school officials plan to launch a phone poll to get responses from others. Goldson, in a letter to parents, said school officials hope to announce more details of its long-term distance learning plans on Monday, March 30, 2020.
The Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved plans to build a new, futuristic-looking engineering facility on College Park’s University of Maryland campus. The E.A. Fernandez Idea Factory plans include a new five-story 61,240 square foot building connected to the Kim Engineering Building by a pedestrian bridge. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it will include workspaces for students, areas for student competition teams and a new home for UMD’s student-run incubator, Startup Shell. In all, the building is expected to cost $50 million to build. Another rendering shows the Idea Factory from Stadium Drive
It will also be home to the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, the Robotics Realization Laboratory, the Quantum Technology Center and other laboratory spaces.
I have been a physical education and health teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools for nine years. For the last five years, I have had the honor of being a physical education teacher. Our kids can’t wait for more funding. As a teacher, I want my students to have a healthy learning environment. I want to teach my students the importance of creating healthy habits while they are young.
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 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
In our Jan. 7, 2019 edition: Prince George’s County Police Department has more troubling news as an officer is suspended over an allegation of inappropriate touching. We also have an update on the opening of a hotly-anticipated Mount Rainier restaurant, and a preview of the upcoming legislative session.
Required reading is a simple, daily roundup of news and views relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 21, 2018 edition: Jordan McNair’s last moments get more scrutiny; a statewide school funding formula gets delayed; and a Laurel dispensary has diner blues. University of Maryland releases surveillance footage of Jordan McNair’s last practice – Baltimore Sun
Maryland school funding plan delayed – WAMU
Laurel Medical Marijuana dispensary at Tastee Diner delt setback – Laurel Leader
Maryland gets $2 million grant to prep Purple Line corridor – The Washington Post
Election changes to come after Prince George’s voting delays – WRC