Vaunted D.C. charter school sued again over teacher who sexually abused children

The family of a third student has filed a $30 million lawsuit against a respected D.C. charter school in federal court, alleging that school employees failed to protect the child from a teacher who sexually abused students. Manuel Garcia Fernandez is accused in the lawsuit of sexually abusing the student while the child was in fourth and fifth grades at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, from 2013 until 2015. (Wash. Post)

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Reinstated Naval Academy Professor Returns, But Not To Class

As a civilian tenured English professor, Bruce Fleming believes he has made important contributions to the U.S. Naval Academy during his 30 years on staff, providing views from outside the military while teaching writing, literature and critical thinking skills to future Navy and Marine officers. Fleming also hasn’t been afraid to publicly criticize what he perceives as the shortcomings of military academy training — and that is what he believes ultimately prompted school officials to fire him last year. His iconoclastic op-eds questioning the academies’ very existence have drawn the ire of military officials for years, he says. (WJZ)

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Johns Hopkins professor fired after attempted sabotage of student protest turns down Facebook job

A Johns Hopkins professor who was fired after he tried to use bolt cutters to force his way through a group of student protesters rallying against a private police force on campus has turned down a job at Facebook. Daniel Povey, who was fired and banned from the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore after he showed up to a May 8 student protest at Garland Hall with bolt cutters, wrote in an email he had turned down an offer at Facebook because he thought it was a disingenuous offer tied to his politics.  “I believed that if they intended not to hire me, they would need an investigation to justify that decision — so as not to be accused of left-wing bias,” Povey wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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MCPS Extended School Year Pilot Finishes Summer Session

As many Montgomery County teachers spent Friday in training or preparing their classrooms for students to return from summer break in September, educators at Arcola Elementary School were teaching. Arcola is one of two Montgomery County public schools testing an extended calendar this school year and Friday was the last day of the pilot program’s first summer session.  At 3:50 p.m., students at Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools dismissed for a two-week break, punctuating what Arcola Principal Emmanuel Jean-Philippe called a “wonderful experience.”  Classes for Arcola and Nix, both in Silver Spring, began July 8, three weeks after the 2018-19 school year dismissed. (Bethesda)

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Hogan warns against extra spending for Kirwan reforms

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) issued dire warnings Saturday about the prohibitive cost of proposed education reform in Maryland, vowing to oppose any measures that would result in higher taxes or budget deficits. Speaking at the close of the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City, where how to pay for the recommendations of the so-called Kirwan Commission to boost public education has been a hot topic, Hogan faulted the legislature for advancing “well-meaning but half-baked, fiscally irresponsible” proposals that could bankrupt the state. (Md. Matters)  

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Morgan State to build more on-campus housing in effort to address strong growth, improve security

Morgan State’s Board of Regents approved a plan this week for the Baltimore-based university to build more campus housing to accommodate its growing student body. Hundreds more students are flocking to the state’s largest historically black university. Between 2013 and this fall, Morgan State University’s incoming freshman class grew by 63 percent to roughly 1,450 new students — mirroring a trend at historically black institutions across the nation. “Because more students are choosing Morgan as their first choice of colleges, and because Morgan is experiencing historic retention rates never witnessed in the history of the university, additional on-campus housing is essential,” university president David Wilson wrote in a letter to the campus community. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s gives away 9,000 backpacks at annual back-to-school party

Teayana Battle wasn’t sure how she would pay for her children’s school supplies this year. She was on maternity leave this past year and didn’t have the money to purchase everything like she used to. Battle, of Lanham, knew she needed help. That’s when she heard about Prince George’s County’s ninth annual Back-2-School Block Party, an opportunity for families from across the county to celebrate the start of the school year and, most important, get free backpacks and supplies. Battle brought her 15-year-old daughter, Tamya Battle, and her 7-year-old son, Terrell Breedlove, on Saturday. (Wash. Post)

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Local students help with Hagerstown's public art display

A railroad overpass on West Franklin Street is more colorful these days, thanks to local school students. Murals that were designed for the overpass are part of an effort by the city to expand public art in Hagerstown. The creations are varied, from photographs to sculpture. Then officials wanted to get Washington County Public Schools students involved. They invited local schools to create murals for the underpass near North Burhans Boulevard, and students from 10 schools accepted the challenge. All the murals are in place, except for one expected to come from South Hagerstown High School, said City Engineer Rodney Tissue. (Herald-Mail)

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