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Md. school test exclusions raise questions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Maryland's exclusion rate was more than double that of any other state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The board overseeing the test has set a goal that states exclude just 15 percent of learning-disabled and English language learners.

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

WUSA9 Probe: Montgomery Co. speedcam loophole

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A WUSA9 investigation casts new doubt on Montgomery County's speed camera program, a system that racks up millions in revenue, because there is no evidence some sites were ever published.

Our list of unpublished sites:

Ridge Road, Damascus
8000 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg
8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg
West Old Baltimore Road (eastbound), Boyds
West Old Baltimore Road (westbound), Boyds
18500 block of Barnesville Road in Barnesville

In August, after our investigation began, Montgomery County published all of its speedcam locations, including the ones we identified, both on its website and in a published newspaper public notice.

WUSA9 Investigates is asking why Montgomery County isn't handing out refunds after uncovering evidence that put into question the compliance of at least five cameras prior to that new publication.

Man missing from Olney

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are looking for a 27-year-old man who hasn't been seen since Halloween night.

They say Ethan Seth Williams of Olney was last seen leaving his home at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Police describe Williams as an African American male, 5'10? tall, 180 pounds with a shaved head and a mustache. He was wearing a black dress shirt, red tie, black dress pants, and black boots. He was also carrying a dark gray pullover hoodie.

Police and family are concerned for Williams' welfare and his mental well-being.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Mom takes to Facebook to find missing teen

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) -- A local mother has created a Facebook page to help find 15-year-old Katie Peterson, who went missing early Friday morning, and is asking area-residents to help spread the word.

Peterson, a sophomore at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, was last seen leaving her home in Brookville at 6:15 a.m.

Read the full story here. 

Police called to Sandy Spring's Farm Road

SANDY SPRING, Md (WUSA9) --  Montgomery County's Planning board is refusing to recognize the existence of a century-old road, even after granting African-American landowners addresses to their historic family holdings near the Sandy Spring Slave museum.

The issuing of addresses for at least 8 property owners came in July after a series of reports by WUSA9. These reports exposed allegations that wrongdoing by developers resulted in approvals which wiped out the historic access known as "Farm Road" off state tax maps.

In June, the Montgomery Planning Board and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission came under the scrutiny of Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus, which held an emotional hearing into the land dispute in the wake of WUSA9's reports.

Olney boys football team banned from playoffs

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A parent of child with a youth football team banned from playoffs says the Mid- Maryland Youth Football League did not reverse its decision Wednesday night. That means three Olney teams wil lnot be allowed to be in the league playoffs. 

Dozens of angry parents say the league has kicked their boys out of the playoffs because they are too good.

When practice starts, the coaches are going to have to explain to 71 boys that they can't go to the playoffs because they've won so many games.  The league is accusing them of essentially stacking the deck.

The Olney Boys and Girls Clubs have had an outstanding season in the lower division. Four teams have racked up 21 wins and just two losses. They've scored a total of 400 more points than their opponents.