School briefs

September 24, 2007

State law aims to keep students in school

A new state law takes affect in Maryland Monday, Oct. 1, that is designed to keep students in school.

The truancy law requires applicants for a Maryland learner's permit who are younger than 16 to prove they regularly attend school.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will not issue a learner's permit to an applicant younger than 16 unless the student supplies a completed attendance certification, according to a MVA press release. The certificate will be available through MVA and must be completed by a school official or home-schooling coordinator. The new law will require that students applying for learner's permits have no more than 10 unexcused absences during the prior school semester.

The law affects public, private and home-schooled students younger than 16.

The new law, Senate Bill 519, was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2007 legislative session. Copies of the attendance certification form can be downloaded from the MVA's Web site at


Workshop offered to literacy tutors

Literacy Council of Washington County will hold a free, two-part workshop for new volunteer literacy tutors on Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue.

The first session will include teaching English as a second language (ESL).There are 12 potential ESL students and at least eight potential basic students already on a waiting list for tutors, according to a council press release.

Each tutor meets with an assigned student one to two hours a week.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, Oct. 11.

Participants provide their own bagged lunch. Drinks are provided by the church.Parking is available in the lot behind the church.

For more information and to register, call council administrator Bill Price at 301-739-4208 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

Open houses planned at Shippensburg University

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa.- Shippensburg University's administration office will host two open houses this fall for prospective students and their parents to visit the campus, talk with faculty and students, and learn about financial aid.

The open house dates are Saturdays, Oct. 20 and Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The schedule includes breakfast and brunch, and campus tours.

For information, call the admissions office at 1-800-822-8028 or send e-mail to

Meeting about underage drinking is in Clear Spring

CLEAR SPRING - The Washington County Health Department, Washington County Community Traffic Safety Program and Washington County Public Schools will host a town hall meeting focused on preventing underage drinking Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Clear Spring High School auditorium.

A panel of experts will be available to lead a discussion and answer questions.

According to national statistics, 29 percent of those between the ages of 12 and 20 say they have consumed alcohol illegally, according to a health department press release.

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