30 Whitman Students Cited For Underage Drinking at Party Hosted by Parents — About 80 Walt Whitman High School students were at the party, including a number of athletes who have been suspended for at least one game of their winter seasons. Police were made aware of the party when one student had to be taken to the hospital. [The Black & White]
Company Passed On Bethesda Headquarters Because of Lack of Restaurants, Parking — Intelsat, the leading broadcast satellite company that last week announced its intention to move its headquarters to Virginia, reportedly nixed Bethesda because it felt parking would be too difficult and there aren’t enough restaurants and other amenities. [Washington Business Journal]
Schools Boss Says U.S. Needs 3-Year Moratorium on Standardized Testing — At an education panel discussion, Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said standardized testing was an ineffective way to measure the quality of teachers. [Washington Post]
Starr Submits Budget $10 Million Over Requirement — Also yesterday, County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-East County, Mid-County) said MCPS’ proposed budget is $10 million over the amount the county is supposed to fund according to state law. The Council has indicated it will not agree to more than the requirement, which it says will put funding in other areas at serious risk. [The Gazette]
Film Festival Deadline Extended — The deadline was yesterday, but the Bethesda Urban Partnership decided to allow entries into its first-ever documentary film festival until Jan. 4. The festival is in March.