’Tis a beautiful day, so you might understandably be distracted by a charming summer activity like eating an ice cream cone or floating on one of those inflatable alligators in a pool. But don’t neglect to catch up on the latest education news! Here it is:

1. Five nonverbal students with autism have been using a controversial method to help them communicate in classes as part of a pilot program.
2. Three Montgomery County prekindergarten providers will receive a financial boost from the state to help them expand their services to more youngsters.
3. The Washington Post reported that a task force focused on “cybercivility” in the county school system will work longer than expected.
4. About one-third of Montgomery County students say they’ve been offered or sold illegal drugs on school property in the past year, according to results from the 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
5. Some neighbors of Julius West Middle School in Rockville want to end any possibility of a cellphone tower being installed on school property.
6. A peer-to-peer tutoring program at Montgomery Blair High School is helping new immigrants learn English.
7. Leah McLean, a Montgomery Blair High School student, and Patrick O’Hanlon, who is home-schooled, are competing to become the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair’s next king and queen.
8. Suzi Wilczynski, a former teacher, started Dig-It! Games, a company that creates educational computer games.

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