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July 15, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

10 Takeaways from MCPS’ Online Discussion About Its Recovery Plan

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Public Schools’ leadership team held a virtual conversation about about its coronavirus recovery plan for the upcoming academic year. On Saturday, MCPS released a 21-page report called “MCPS Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover,” detailing how its schools may operate in the fall. The report is subject to changes depending on the […]

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July 15, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Longtime Radio Voice of Washington’s NFL Team Abruptly Retires

Just three days after firing two members of their personnel department and two days after announcing that they will change the team’s controversial name, the Washington NFL team’s tumultuous offseason continued Wednesday. The team’s longtime radio play-by-play announcer, Larry Michael, abruptly announced his retirement via a statement. Michael, who was raised in Silver Spring and […]

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July 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

A ‘Massive, Sophisticated Criminal Enterprise’: Maryland Uncovers Huge Unemployment Fraud Scheme

The state of Maryland uncovered a “massive, sophisticated criminal enterprise” of unemployment insurance fraud, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday.  He said the crime involves widespread identity theft and more than 47,000 fraudulent claims totaling over $501 million. Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson explained that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program […]

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July 15, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich: ‘Our Target is to Test as Many People as We Can Possibly Test’

During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich addressed continued COVID-19 testing efforts. “We continue to increase our testing…our target is to test as many people as we can possibly test”, Elrich said. The County Executive says although more than 145,000 residents have been tested, local officials are looking into […]

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July 15, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Parents Respond to MCPS Re-Opening Recovery Efforts

Some parents are speaking out now that Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jack Smith, announced the district’s initial considerations and plans for the upcoming school year. The MCPS Fall 2020:Reimagine, Reopen, Recover draft plan includes details of what the school system expects to happen when school starts on August 31 for all students. MCPS […]

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July 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Plans to Announce Potential Date for Returning to School Buildings on Aug. 6

School officials plan to announce a date on which they hope students will begin phasing back into school on Aug. 6, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said at a media briefing Wednesday.  Smith emphasized that if COVID-19 cases increase dramatically and if trends change for the worse, MCPS may have to […]

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July 15, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

Trump Administration, ICE Drop Student Visa Rule Threatening International Students

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would rescind its July 6 policy prohibiting international students on an F-1 visa whose college courses are fully online from remaining in the U.S. The decision comes after Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Over 200 institutions for higher […]

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July 15, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

In PBS Newshour Appearance, Montgomery College President Discusses COVID-19 and Racism

Montgomery College President, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, spoke with PBS Newshour about the challenges her community college students face with online learning and the impacts of current racial issues. She expects that enrollment will increase in the fall with many students changing their college plans due to COVID-19. “If I look at my enrollment for summer, […]

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July 15, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery COVID-19 Metrics Update for Day 27 of Phase 2 Reopening

Wednesday Montgomery County released an update on the public health metrics used to guide the reopening of businesses and services. There have been 15,986 cases and 725 deaths in the county since the first three cases were confirmed in March. The county health department is tracking three categories of information including the number of COVID-19 […]

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July 15, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

Newly Introduced Special Appropriation Could Help Homeowners Hurt By COVID-19

The Montgomery County Council introduced a special appropriation of $2,025,000 Tuesday to assist financially distressed, affordable common ownership communities.  Today the Council introduced a special appropriation of $2,025,000 to provide short-term assistance for financially distressed, affordable common ownership communities. It was spearheaded by Council President @MC_Council_Katz. 👀➡️Learn more about it: https://t.co/F90R4q2HJy pic.twitter.com/kQklaU0Pw6 — Montgomery Council […]

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