January 22, 2013 |
Prince George's County public school officials are reassessing security procedures and have recommended several short-term measures, including systemwide lockdown drills, following last month's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead. "The shooting at Sandy Hook [school] shook the consciousness of the nation, and, as a result, we looked at some of the things we were doing," Michael Blow, the director of security services for the school system, told members of the...
January 20, 2013 |
It's not unusual for Claire Mudd, a freshman at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, to arrive 20 minutes late to her foundations of technology class. At least once, Mudd showed up even later, halfway into second period. The tardiness isn't Claire's fault. Her Prince George's County school bus is chronically late, arriving long after the first bell rings, and part of a district-wide problem that dates to last year. Schools buses in the county that continue to arrive late have not only...
December 19, 2012 |
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a 17-year lawsuit over the transportation of D.C. special education students, giving the city final approval to control its own school buses and marking a milestone for the D.C. government and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman called it a "historic" day in the class-action suit, which is known as Petties v. District of Columbia . Friedman, who has served as presiding judge in the case since it was filed in 1995, signed an order ...
December 11, 2012 |
Montgomery County's schools chief said Tuesday that he will form a work group to study later start times at public high schools, a move that comes two months after county parents launched a petition calling for opening bells at 8:15 a.m. or later. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr made the unexpected announcement at a county Board of Education meeting after parents delivered two thick binders containing 950 pages and more than 10,000 signatures supporting later high school start times.
November 29, 2012 |
District special-education advocates say that an incident this week in which a child was forgotten for hours in the back of a school bus highlights the broader challenge city officials face as they assume control of buses after years of federal court supervision. Two employees of the city's Office of the State Superintendent of Education, which oversees special-education transportation, were fired after leaving a special-needs preschooler alone for nearly seven hours Tuesday. ...
November 9, 2012 |
A federal judge has agreed to let the District regain control of its special education school buses after 17 years of federal supervision, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said Thursday. In 1995, parents filed a class-action suit alleging that the city had failed to provide reliable transportation for students with disabilities. The suit led to federal oversight of the system. The city has demonstrated that it can reliably serve its 3,100 special education students, said to David Gilmore, the...