Education

February 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Debate Continues Over Post-Labor Day School Start

Gov. Larry Hogan held a press conference Thursday, pushing back against Maryland Senate Democrats, who started a debate on overturning the mandate that requires schools to begin the academic year after Labor Day. In 2017, Hogan’s executive order to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day went into effect. Since then, Montgomery County Board of […]

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February 7, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

African Drum Class Teaches Cultural Lesson

Amadou Kouyate offered free African Manding Drumming Workshops at Montgomery College in Rockville this week. In this class, a cultural lesson comes with each drum beat. Officials with Montgomery College say this workshop is a part of their World Ensemble which consists of approximately 45 community and student members of diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds […]

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February 7, 2019 | Jasmine Boyd

Blair High School to Offer Hip-Hop History Class

A new hip-hop history and culture course will be introduced to students at Montgomery Blair High School in the fall of 2019. This class is reported to be the “first of its kind” at Montgomery Blair and was created by social studies teacher Kenneth Smith. In this new course, Smith hopes to teach students about […]

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February 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Northwest Students Create Pedestrian Safety PSA

Northwest High School students teamed up with Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital to produce a public service announcement about pedestrian safety. The video, which was directed by students Rishabh Karanth and Logan Loewenstien, features a student walking to school. As she’s walking through Germantown, she receives a […]

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February 6, 2019 | Staff Writer

Swastikas Found Drawn on Churchill High Desks

Two swastikas were drawn on a desk at Winston Churchill High School, according to a note the principal sent to families. Security at the Potomac school as well as the school resource officer immediately began an investigation and the graffiti was removed by the building services team, the letter says. “We were able to identify […]

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February 6, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Navarro Calls on MCPS to Rename Lee Middle School

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro has asked school officials to change the name of Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School because of its namesake’s “deeply disturbing racist history.” Lee, who served in World War I and helped to develop Silver Spring, attached restrictive covenants to the homes he built, prohibiting African Americans from buying […]

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February 6, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Overdue Book From 1946 Finally Returned to Silver Spring Library

Silver Spring Library’s Surprise Letter from Toronto Remember the last time you returned your library books and they were a couple of weeks late? Remember the guilt? How would you feel if you returned a book that was 73 years late? Well, the Silver Spring Library has been reunited with a children’s book borrowed in […]

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February 6, 2019 | Staff Writer

Duncan, Pollard Sit Down for Talk at Montgomery College

Former education secretary Arne Duncan will take part in a “presidential dialogue” with Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard next month. Pollard and Duncan, who served under President Barack Obama, will discuss the “Politics of Radical Inclusion.” The event takes place 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on the Rockville campus. […]

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February 5, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Hucker Bill Attacks Lead in Water at Schools

Councilmember Tom Hucker introduced a bill Tuesday that would reduce the allowable level of lead in school drinking water to 5 parts per billion, down from 20 ppb, which is the state standard. A Maryland law required school systems to test water fixtures and replace any that tested 20 ppb or higher. According to a […]

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February 5, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

More Snow Could Mean a Longer School Year for MCPS

With temperatures hitting 70 degrees today, it feels like spring but don’t get fooled. It’s only early February which means more winter weather, including possible snow, over the next few weeks. Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools say they have used a total of three snow days so far in 2018-19, and at this time […]

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