16-08-2017 Hits:234 Local Kathleen Stubbs
MCPS not required to teach disabled child Orthodox Jewish faith
A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judge affirmed a U.S. District Court judge’s decision that religion is not one of the educational needs that Montgomery County Public Schools must meet by law.
Judge G. Steven Agee of the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit said Monday under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, MCPS is providing a free and public education (FAPE) for the plaintiff’s child M.L., who was born with Down syndrome. The parents, Rabbi Akiva Leiman and Shani Leiman, had alleged that the proposed plan for M.L.’s education was inadequate because it did not include teaching practices observed in M.L.’s Orthodox Jewish community.
“MCPS provided M.L. with equal access to an education, on the same basis as it provides to all other students with disabilities,” Agee said in his opinion. “It does not provide religious and cultural instruction to its students with or without disabilities and has no duty under the IDEA to administer such instruction to M.L.”
10-08-2017 Hits:596 Local Peter Rouleau
GAITHERSBURG — City Council hopeful Jim McNulty says his commitment to public service began after the Montgomery County Police saved his life in 2010.
A longtime media producer, McNulty was working at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring when he and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint. The hostage-taker, John Jay Lee, was eventually fatally shot by the SWAT team.
"That brush with my mortality gave me a newfound perspective on what is truly important in life," McNulty said. He subsequently founded The Upper Room, a support group for veterans and victims of violent crime who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined Gaithersburg's Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee and was elected president of the Saybrooke Homeowner's Association.
10-08-2017 Hits:880 Local Vic Simon
County faces renewed healthcare problems as insurance providers drop in Montgomery
The Maryland Health Connection, the state’s online health insurance market or “exchange” under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, will have just two companies offering individual health coverage for 2018.
The two health insurance providers are: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.
Much of Maryland will have only one choice, CareFirst, for individual health coverage next year. Kaiser’s service area in Maryland covers the D.C. suburbs and the Baltimore metro area –but not Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore or parts of Southern Maryland.
In May, when health insurers applied to the Maryland Insurance Administration for rate increases for the plans’ upcoming year, four firms sought to participate in the Maryland individual market next year. The other two companies were CIGNA, a major national health insurer, and Evergreen Health, a company operating only in Maryland that participated in the state’s exchange in 2016 but not 2017.
In June, the number of insurers in the running for providing health care under the ACA decreased to three when CIGNA dropped out, citing uncertainties in pricing as well as a small market share of Maryland exchange business.
On July 25, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al...Read more