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August 31, 2015 | Sonya Burke

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Back to School: Enrollment Up, Start Times Moved Back, Superintendent Search Resumes

Montgomery County students head back to school on Aug. 31 and there may be more students in our district than ever before. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials expect to welcome 156,654 students, an enrollment increase of more than 2,800 students over last year, according to MCPS Spokesperson Dana Tofig. So what else is new […]

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August 10, 2015 | Cindy Peña

New Start Times for MCPS Students (VIDEO)

When Montgomery County School students begin classes on August 31st, the bells will ring later in the morning – middle and high schools will start 20 minutes later and elementary schools will start 10 minutes later than in years past.  This is in response to the scientific evidence that adolescents need more sleep as well […]

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May 14, 2015 | Staff Writer

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MCPS Releases New Bell Times

Montgomery County Public Schools has released the new school starting and ending times—also known as bell times—for the 2015-2016 school year. Earlier this year, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to change bell times for the next school year, in order to provide students—especially those in high school—the opportunity to start school later. Starting next […]

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February 17, 2015 | Krista Brick

Twenty Ticks on the Clock

Twenty minutes. About two smacks of the snooze bar. That’s the net gain from an effort to start school for upper grade students in Montgomery County later in the morning. Hardly the answer to getting students experts say the additional sleep they need to function well at school. In all, it was much to-do about nothing. […]

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February 15, 2015 | Sonya Burke

photo of Dahlia Huh at the press conference following change to school bell times

School Bell Times to Change (VIDEO)

The Board of Education voted to push back school start times for all students beginning next school year. MCPS-TV has the story. Visit our PEG partner MCPS TV to view more of its local programming. Related:

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February 13, 2015 | Staff Writer

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week, which includes reports on school start times, the new public safety training academy, a report about the Department of Liquor Control, the high school swim and dive championships and more.

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February 11, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 11, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Feb. 11, in Montgomery County: 1. It’s a hot topic, that’s for sure: Montgomery County school board members have voted to push back school start times beginning next year. 2. There could be a big change in the way Montgomery County sells alcohol if Montgomery County leaders agree […]

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February 10, 2015 | Sonya Burke

School Will Start Later in Montgomery County Next Year

Montgomery County Public Schools students will be able to sleep in a little more next year. After lots of discussion and lobbying by parents and students, the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve on Feb. 10 the superintendent’s recommendation to move school start times back 20 minutes for middle school and […]

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February 10, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 10, in Montgomery County

It’s cold and icy out there. Drive safely. Here are five more things to know today, Feb. 10, in Montgomery County: 1. Will Montgomery County Public Schools teens be able to sleep in? The Board of Education is scheduled to make a decision on bell times at today’s meeting. 2. School board members are also […]

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February 9, 2015 | Aline Barros

photo of MCPS Sleep In protest Feb. 9

“Sleep in Protest” For Later School Start Times (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

Montgomery County students, parents and their supporters held a “sleep in” protest in front of the school system’s headquarters in Rockville on Feb. 9. “Save Our Sleep” supporters gathered with blankets, sleeping bags and together they shouted, “What do we want?” and they replied, “more sleep.” The Board of Education is considering a change in […]

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