News from across the D.C. area

September 17, 2013
VIRGINIA
Suspensions drop in
Fairfax high schools

The number of suspensions that were issued by Fairfax County high schools last year decreased by 18 percent from the previous year, according to school records.

In the 2011-12 academic year, the schools reported 3,425 total out-of-school suspensions, which includes short-term suspensions lasting four or five days and those that exceed 10 or more days.

In the 2012-13 school year, principals issued 2,794 suspensions.

After the suicide of a sophomore at W.T. Woodson High School, some changes aimed at reducing punishments for certain offenses have been approved by the administration.

— T. Rees Shapiro

THE DISTRICT
Man dies of injuries from assault in NW

A 24-year-old Washington man who was severely injured when in an assault Saturday died Monday, D.C. police said.

Awele Olisemeka of Northwest had been found unconscious in the 900 block of Madison Street NW, where an aggravated assault was reported.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with skull fractures.

Police said his death was being investigated as a homicide.

— Martin Weil

Teen pleads guilty
in slaying over coat

One of the remaining 10 defendants charged in the November robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of an Olney teenager over his designer coat at the Woodley Park Metro station pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday.

Gary Maye, 17, of Hyattsville pleaded guilty to charges including voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery in the death of Olijawon E. Griffin, 18.

Since the attack, five teens, including Maye, who were charged as adults and two teens who were charged as juveniles have pleaded guilty in the case.

— Keith Alexander

MARYLAND
Pr. George’s teachers
to get 2% pay raise

Prince George’s County teachers will receive a 2 percent cost-of-living pay adjustment, retroactive to July 1, as part of a three-year contract approved by the Board of Education. The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, which represents 9,200 teachers, ratified the contract after the board’s vote last week.

Kenneth Haines, head of the teachers union, said he hopes the deal helps the county retain quality teachers. “Hopefully, this negotiated agreement will dissuade some teachers from departing for neighboring jurisdictions or leaving the profession entirely,” Haines said.

— Ovetta Wiggins

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