Big News For School Lunches

Popular food manufacturing brand Kraft Heinz is going back to school, offering a popular item to school cafeterias. Most parents are probably familiar with the popular Lunchables product line, a historically kid-friendly and convenient way to pack a lunch. Now, Lunchables will be offered to students from the school cafeteria- with a caveat.

Sexually Explicit Content – Enough to Permanently Block an Email Address, but Okay for Books in Public Schools?

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/27/2022) – Effective immediately, Radio Free Hub City will no longer solicit comment from involved boards or councils of elected officials before publishing articles. This policy is in direct response to an incident which resulted in our email address being permanently blocked by the email provider, because apparently the content of our emails were sexually explicit enough to trigger spam filters, but this same content is perfectly acceptable in school libraries according to WCPS.

Lost in the Mail? School Board Claims Emails not Being Delivered

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/5/2022) – After publishing our previous article, Darrell Evans from the WCPS Board of Education replied to a comment on our post, claiming that neither he nor the rest of the Board of Education received our emails with request for comment. We will be reaching out to WCPS for further comment and discussion on this issue, but in the meantime we invite any Board of Education member to reach out to us through social media if they would like to provide comment on our article.

Opinion: Vote Them All Out – WCPS Continued Silence on Explicit Books is a Symptom of Larger Issues

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/4/2022) – During the Tuesday, November 1 meeting of the Washington County Board of Education, local parent Ashley McCusker read during the citizen comment section of the meeting excerpts from several sexually explicit books in high schools across Washington County. There were a few brief, mixed reactions from the Board of Education during the meeting, with some members of the Board questioning the books’ presence in the schools. However, when contacted by Radio Free Hub City for further comment, none of the seven board members responded to our email.

Financing homeschooling

When people talk about teaching their children from home in the absence of any definite or structured curriculum, it is perhaps natural to think that homeschooling is cheap. But this is far from the truth. Although homeschooling does not stick to any particular text, this is perhaps more of a bane than a boon, when it comes to finance.

Building Fire Evacuates Bester Elementary, No Injuries

HAGERSTOWN, MD (08/30/2022) – At approximately 11:00 a.m., Bester Elementary School evacuated in response to an activated fire alarm. Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), Hagerstown Fire Department, and Hagerstown Police Department personnel responded swiftly and all students were taken to a safe area outside the school and no injuries were reported.

Making School Less Scary For Your Kids

(8/21/2022) – If it gives the look that your child is afraid to enter the school, he/she is possibly thinking about being separated from you. You can handle it by taking the child to the school for a visit and do it a number of times prior the come out of the school year. Organize a tour, take part in a couple of school incidents, and let them use the playground.

Schools will stop serving free lunch to all students – a pandemic solution left out of a new federal spending package

Public schools have been serving all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K-12 education. In March 2022, Congress rejected calls to keep up the federal funding required to sustain that practice and left that money out of a US$1.5 trillion spending package that President Joe Biden signed into law on March 11, 2022. We asked food policy expert Marlene Schwartz to explain why free meals make a difference and what will happen next.