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April 7, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Albert Einstein Student Displayed Weapon During Online Class

An Albert Einstein High School student was investigated by police for displaying a weapon during an online class on April 3. The incident was confirmed by Einstein Principal Christine Handy who said in an email to the school community that the student was immediately reported to Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County Public Schools […]

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April 5, 2020 | Michelle Queen

MCPS Officials Hold Virtual Conversation: Second Week of Remote Learning

More than 165 thousand students “return to school” for week two of remote leaning All Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) buildings are closed through April 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Monday, the school system embarks on the second week of remote learning. Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith sent a message to the school […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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