Local Digest

Sunday, December 13, 2009


School ideas sought

District officials will host a community forum Tuesday on what should be included in D.C.'s application to "Race to the Top," the $4.3 billion education grant competition established by the Obama administration to spur innovation and reform.

States seeking funds must demonstrate that they are working toward several goals, including improvement in academic standards, data systems, teacher quality and low-performing schools.

The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Friendship Public Charter School, Chamberlain Elementary campus, 1345 Potomac Ave. SE.

-- Bill Turque


Cruiser crashes

A Prince George's County police cruiser crashed near the University of Maryland campus in College Park on Saturday morning after the driver swerved to avoid a collision, a police department spokesman said.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, which took place shortly before noon on Route 1 at College Avenue and did not involve another vehicle, Officer Evan Baxter said. One of the two officers in the cruiser was briefly admitted to the hospital for a routine check-up, Baxter said.

-- Sandhya Somashekar

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