Firefighters Put Out Toilet Fire At High School In Prince George’s County

A high school in Prince George’s County needed to be ventilated after a fire started in a toilet, Prince George’s County Fire said Thursday. Firefighters responded to the call for a fire at DuVal High School in Lanham and put out the fire. The building was ventilated, but there were no injuries. (WJZ-TV)

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Two Charles County Public Schools Teachers Win The Lottery

Two Charles County Public School teachers recently won the lottery. Maryland Lottery reports the teachers won the top-prize on two scratch-off tickets, Power 8s, and 2020 Cash. “Maite” and “Kelly Girl” have been friends for more than 20 years and share the love of playing scratch-offs. (WJZ-TV)

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MCPS superintendent challenges accuracy of county report on achievement

Montgomery County Public Schools’ top official on Tuesday challenged the accuracy of a county report that said the district is misusing funds designated for certain programs and that its work to close an achievement gap has been “largely ineffective.” At a press conference on Tuesday, MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith took aim at the county’s Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) report released in December. Specifically, Smith said the report’s assertion that the school district uses more than one-third of the state funds it receives based on free and reduced-priced meals enrollment for programs that do not directly target low-income students or high-poverty schools is “flawed.” (Bethesda)

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Smondrowski files for re-election to Montgomery County school board

Montgomery County Board of Education member Rebecca Smondrowski on Wednesday filed for another four-year term, the first candidate to officially file for this year’s election. Smondrowski, a Gaithersburg resident, was first elected in 2012. She is chair of the board’s Special Populations Committee and a member of the Policy Management Committee. She is also a member of the Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Committee. (Bethesda)

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Education Front And Center As Legislative Session Begins

Lawmakers convened in Annapolis Wednesday for the start of the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly. "We will only find success by working together and using our collective strength to repair our weaknesses," House Speaker Adrienne Jones said in opening remarks to her chamber. Elsewhere in the State House, Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore City Democrat, was unanimously elected Senate president. In his opening remarks, Ferguson stressed that lawmakers must find a way to fund the state's $2.8 billion share of education reforms recommended by the Kirwan Commission. (WBAL)

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Montgomery County student wounded in stabbing on school soccer field

A Montgomery County student is recovering from a stabbing Tuesday that happened on a school soccer field in Silver Spring, Maryland. Police said the student, who was wounded with a pocket knife, is expected to fully recover. The fight involved two groups of kids who planned to meet up on the soccer field adjacent to Newport Mill Middle School to fight, according to police. (WTOP)

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Parents file federal suit over allegation of sexual assault in Charles County school playground

The parents of three girls have filed a civil rights complaint with the Justice Department to investigate Charles County Public Schools in Maryland, saying little has been done following the reported sexual assault of their children. “Our daughters were traumatized,” parent Tim Perrier said during a news conference announcing that he is joining two other parents in filing a lawsuit with the DOJ’s Office of Civil Rights. (WTOP)

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Huguely insurance litigation ends; Love family’s suit set for trial

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. has no duty to pay damages in civil court for the man convicted of killing University of Virginia student Yeardley Love, potentially ending more than six years of litigation over the coverage issue. George Huguely V, Love’s ex-boyfriend, was convicted of second-degree murder for her 2010 death. The Love family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Charlottesville Circuit Court in 2012 and later withdrew and refiled the case in 2018. The case is set for trial in November. (Daily Record)

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