Derek Turner

April 11, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Community Members Divided Over Montgomery School Boundary Analysis

More than 100 Community Members Offer Feedback on School Boundaries at Kennedy High School Montgomery County Public Schools’ second boundary assessment community conversation at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring brought out students activists, parents, and teachers. Derek Turner, a spokesperson for MCPS, estimates that between 65 to 70 people attended the first […]

Read more

December 5, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Maryland’s New School Report Card System Explained

Over 75 percent of Montgomery County’s public schools earned four stars or higher on their Maryland School Report Cards. Indeed, the Maryland State Department of Education developed these report cards in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Thus,this law ensures quality public education to all students. As such, the Maryland Report Card reflects “the […]

Read more

October 29, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

MCPS Reports Greater Diversity Among New Teacher Hires

Data from Montgomery County Public Schools shows more diverse hiring for the 2018-2019 school year. Of the 903 new teachers hired by MCPS for school year, 38.8 percent were non-white, representing an 11.5 percent increase since 2015, when 27.3 percent of the 907 new teachers were candidates of color. The school system cited research that […]

Read more

March 20, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

MCPS Cancels After-School Activities Tuesday Due to Weather

Montgomery County Public Schools has canceled all after-school and evening activities due to pending weather conditions, according to the school district’s Twitter page. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory Tuesday morning and a winter storm watch until Wednesday evening. The school district will monitor weather conditions throughout the evening and will […]

Read more

October 11, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

School Board Faces Challenges for 2018-2019 School Year Calendar

The Montgomery County School Board will have to make a tough decision for the 2018 -2019 school year calendar if Governor Larry Hogan denies the board’s request to extend the school year calendar. An executive order by Hogan requires Maryland schools to start after Labor Day and end by June 14 with a minimum of […]

Read more

March 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Hate-Filled Messages Flood MCPS in Wake of Rape Allegations (VIDEOS)

Hate-fueled invective has filled the lines of communication into the Montgomery County Public Schools in the wake of rape allegations of Rockville High School. Many of the email messages can’t be repeated because of the profanity, but the messages that lack profanity contain disturbing images. One message to Superintendent Jack Smith: “For the glory of […]

Read more

March 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Callers Threaten Rockville High

UPDATED Rockville High School — the site where a 14-year-old girl allegedly was raped  — received two telephone threats Wednesday, Montgomery County officials said. In an email, MCPS spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said the callers threatened to bring guns to shoot illegal immigrants. One threat came about noon and the other about 1:30 p.m., Montgomery County police […]

Read more

January 29, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Firefighters Investigate Blaze at Gym at Old Farquhar Middle School in Olney (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

UPDATED Montgomery County firefighters are investigating what sparked a blaze that occurred overnight at the old Farquhar Middle School gym in Olney. It happened around 1:15 a.m. at 17017 Batchellors Forest Road. Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions at the two-alarm fire. He said about 75 firefighters battled the […]

Read more

January 5, 2017 | Sonya Burke

UPDATED: Montgomery County Prepares for Snow

UPDATED Montgomery County highway crews are preparing for some snow later today. According to a post on Twitter, the Storm Operations Center is activating at 4 p.m. so crews can prepare for Winter Storm Helena. So far, the county’s winter storm information portal has not been updated. Montgomery County spokesperson Esther Bowring said crews have […]

Read more

May 12, 2016 | Sonya Burke

pho

MCPS Reviews ‘Shelter in Place’ Policies Following Shopping Center Shootings

UPDATED Just one week ago, every public school in Montgomery County was placed on “shelter in place” as police searched for a suspect in the shopping center shootings in Aspen Hill and Bethesda on May 6th. That decision to shelter every school was a first for the district in a decade, according to Derek Turner […]

Read more

Engage us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter