Spiegel Asks MCPS Superintendent for Briefing about Holocaust Curriculum (VIDEO)

Gaithersburg City Councilmember Ryan Spiegel, who also serves as the president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League, is asking Superintendent Jack Smith for a detailed briefing about the scope and status of the school district’s Holocaust curriculum.

In a letter dated April 12th, Spiegel explains that his request comes at a time when there’s been an “increase in anti-Semitic threats and incidents,” locally and nationally.

“It is a fitting time to be asking, in light of current events,” Spiegel writes, “where the educational institutions in our communities stand on the matter of Holocaust education.”

“As president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League, which represents all 19 municipalities and two special taxing districts in the county, I sincerely hope that you will grant this request and arrange for a thorough briefing on this matter,” Spiegel continues in his letter to Dr. Smith. “While municipal governments do not operate schools, we are proud of our close working relationship with MCPS and take a keen interest in important issues. I believe it is appropriate for municipal leaders to speak about this issue, learn from MCPS officials and work together to help ensure the right outcome for our students and our communities.”

You can read Spiegel’s letter to the superintendent, below:

Last summer, MyMCMedia reported on a five-day pilot program for MCPS teachers that was designed to promote religious literacy.

You can watch that video report, below:

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