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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As Howard delegation heads to Annapolis, bills concerning education take center stage

As the Maryland General Assembly convenes in Annapolis on Wednesday, starting its 2020 legislative session, a slew of education bills will be at the forefront of the Howard County delegation’s agenda. Of the 15 Howard bills up for debate in the 2020 session, with an additional one in the drafting stages, eight deal with education, according to the delegation’s webpage. (Balt Sun)

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Letters: Howard redistricting process should have included educators’ perspectives; and more from readers

The Howard County redistricting dust has settled into clumps of varied perspectives: redistricted students would suffer educationally and socially, property values would decrease, diversity should be encouraged, equity of educational opportunity should be addressed through redistricting, etc. There is one perspective that was not sufficiently considered though; that of our students’ educators. (Balt Sun)

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Confusion, ‘misinformation’ over Montgomery County school boundary analysis

Confusion and “misinformation” may be behind many of the hundreds of comments pouring into Montgomery County Public Schools about a pair of hot-button topics on the district’s agenda. One of those issues is a districtwide boundary analysis, in which school officials are gathering detailed information about schools and their geographic boundaries. “The boundary analysis is just that,” Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said during a media briefing Tuesday morning. (WTOP)

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Maryland weather: Drivers should expect fog and icy conditions Wednesday; some schools delayed

Tuesday afternoon snowfall that totaled nearly 5 inches in some parts of the state prompted some Maryland schools to close early and delay openings Wednesday. Baltimore City Public Schools officials announced Wednesday morning the district would be closed due to the inclement weather. The National Weather Service shared reports that included 4.4 inches in Manchester, 1.5 inches in Columbia, 1 inch in Elkridge and Crofton, and half an inch in Baltimore and Forest Hill. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Winds bringing Wild West themes to South Carroll: ‘It’s just fun music’

Maryland Winds will bring a Wild West-themed instrumental performance to the South Carroll community with a performance at Liberty High School on Tuesday, Jan. 14. “The imagery of cowboys and the wide expanses of the West have long captured the imagination of our nation, and our composers,” the group wrote in a news release. Familiar names like Williams, Copland, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Sousa fill the set list. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty High School, at 5855 Bartholow Road in Eldersburg. (Balt Sun)

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Former United Way exec with ties to Pugh takes on new role at UMMS

Chuck Tildon has taken an executive post at the University of Maryland Medical System after stepping away from his position as vice president of external affairs at United Way of Central Maryland last year. Tildon departed United Way after more than 18 years with the organization, most recently serving as the main point of contact between United Way and state and local government officials. He has now taken on a similar title and role at UMMS. (Balt Bus Journal)

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