Prince George’s appointed school board represent entire county

Prince George’s County parents will have more contacts for assistance on the Board of Education in the 2013-2014 school year with the addition of four appointed members this year, officials say. “The four appointed members function as at-large board members,” said Christian Rhodes, County Executive Rushern Baker’s III (D) education advisor. “Their constituency is anyone in the county, the entire school district.” (Gazette)

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Program aims to keep more youths out of justice system

Motorcycle rider Vince Corvelli vividly remembers holding his 23-year-old son in his arms after he overdosed on heroin. “They were able to revive him, thank God, but I hear stories about this every day, and it’s incredible to me,” the Myersville man said. “I’m tired of hearing about people dying.” Similar stories of heroin overdoses shared by bikers in Frederick County have spurred the creation of Bikers Against Heroin, a group of motorcycle riders raising awareness about the dangers of heroin to prevent youth from falling victim. (News-Post)

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Survey finds drivers continue to violate school bus laws

A recent statewide survey shows fewer drivers are flouting laws that require them to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off children, but the number of violations still remains in the thousands a day. The Maryland State Department of Education's third annual survey showed driver violations have dropped by more than half since the first survey done three years ago.  (Balt Sun)

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AG pushes for proceedings in lawsuit

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is asking the state's highest court to order that a lawsuit over the University of Maryland's withdrawal from the Atlantic Coast Conference proceed in a Maryland court. (AP)

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Trial begins in Landon School wrongful termination case

Two starkly different tales played out in Montgomery County Circuit Court Tuesday in a civil case about alleged discrimination and wrongful termination brought against a Bethesda boys prep school by one of its former employees. (Gazette)

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A decade in the making, North Forestville center opens

North Forestville Elementary School has a new neighbor. The North Forestville Community Center, which unofficially opened June 17, is attached to the school and will be sharing its gymnasium with the school. A July 31 grand opening featured a DJ, dancing and martial arts demonstrations. Cynthia Jackson, North Forestville Community Center director, said she plans to offer special programs and classes after school that students can attend, such as dancing, karate and arts and crafts. (Gazette)

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New teachers schooled on social media

The official first day of classes is about two weeks away, but for educators new to Baltimore County, there are lessons to learn about the use of social media. In particular, teachers are being made aware of school policy dealing with what they should or shouldn't post on popular sites like Facebook. (WBAL-TV)

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Montgomery teacher Lawrence Joynes charged with sexual abuse of 15 students

A Montgomery County music teacher has been charged with sexually abusing 14 of his elementary school students during the past eight years and with repeatedly having sex with a seventh-grader in the 1990s, according to court documents released Tuesday. (Wash. Post)

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