November 13, 2014 | Krista Brick

MCPS Board of Education

Local, National Spotlight on MCPS Calendar Decision (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Board of Education vote to remove references to religion on the school system calendar has thrust the county into the national media and locally caused some strong opinions about the decision. As CNN and the New York Daily News among others covered the controversy over the decision to take off Christmas, Easter, […]

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November 11, 2014 | Krista Brick

Board of Education Table photo

MCPS Removes All References to Religion on School Calendar

Next year’s Montgomery County schools’ calendar will list days off of school but will not associate those days with specific religious holidays. That’s the decision of the Montgomery County Board of Education in a vote of 7-1 (with Mike Durso dissenting). Board member Rebecca Smondrowski made the motion Tuesday afternoon that deletes any mention of […]

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November 11, 2014 | Krista Brick

Proposed School Calendar Removes Jewish Holiday, Keeps Muslim Holiday Off

Students may still be off school when the Jewish holidays of  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are  celebrated next year, but they may not be listed on the calendar that way. The Montgomery County Board of Education is considering a change to next year’s school calendar that would leave off the name of these two Jewish holidays […]

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October 24, 2013 | Staff Writer

Halloween pumpkin

Get Your Scare On in Montgomery County

Don’t worry if you missed the AFI Spooky Movie Horror Film Fest. There are still many choices of Halloween Happenings in Montgomery County (or close by). Here are some of our picks. Let us know if you have a favorite event that you don’t see here. We’ll add it to the event calendar.   […]

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September 6, 2013 | Tamika Smith

Campaign For Muslims Seeks Fair Treatment on Holy Days Off (Video)

A new online campaign is pushing for a change on the Montgomery County Public Schools calendar. Equality for Eid is asking for schools to close on two major holidays in the Muslim community—Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Take a look: Saqib Ali, a Co-Chair of Equality for Eid, is encouraging the Muslim community to stay […]

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