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Two progressive candidates for Maryland’s Senate seat being vacated

192e1082-496b-4064-a60d-3068777ed94dPlease join the Prince George’s County Young Democrats, the Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club and other area Democratic clubs for a Maryland U.S. Senate Candidates Forum featuring:

U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards
U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen

Friday, March 18, 2016
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Forum Begins at 7:00 p.m

Greenbelt Firehouse
125 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

Event is FREE, however seats are limited. Each Democratic club has been allocated a limited number of tickets. Club members must RSVP with their respective president for entry.

For PGCYD members, RSVP here!  For press credentials, please email Maurice Simpson at maurice@pgcyd.com.

Space is limited, so plan to arrive at the Firehouse no later than 7:15 p.m. to secure a seat. You will be notified via email within 24 hours of the forum if you will be issued a ticket. 

Refreshments will be provided by the Fire Department Auxiliary before and after the event for a donation of $5.


Maryland Senate expected to vote on allowing parents to opt out of Common Core tests.


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

A Maryland senator is proposing an amendment to the state’s fiscal 2016 budget that would allow parents to opt their children out of Common Core tests with impunity to the students and the schools — and the Senate is expected to vote on it as early as Thursday.

Sen. Justin Ready, a Republican, is placing the amendment on the Senate floor, according to his chief of staff, Aaron Jones, to make it easier for parents to choose whether their children can take the PARCC Common Core test next year.  There is now no way for parents to opt out, and schools are deciding for themselves how to handle such requests, with some insisting that children take the tests and others allowing students to leave school with parents or sit somewhere in the school with no assigned schoolwork, Jones said.

Maryland schools have been implementing the Common Core State Standards for several years, and the state is a member of the Partnership for the Assessment of the Readiness for College and Career, one of two multistate consortia created to design new assessments aligned to the Common Core with some $360 million in federal funds. Students have been taking the PARCC in Maryland, as well as in a number of other states, amid a growing protest movement across the country against high-stakes standardized testing. Thousands of parents are opting out their children from taking Common Core exams and a small but growing number of teachers, principals and superintendents are publicly protesting the exams as being detrimental to effective teaching and learning.

[Related: Some parents across the country are revolting against standardized testing]

The Maryland Department of Education said it could not immediately comment on the issue.

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