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May 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Maryland Public Schools to Stay Closed Remainder of Academic Year

Maryland Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic 2019-2020 school year. Online learning will continue and students will not return to campuses because of the coronavirus. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon. Salmon said, “After extensive discussions with […]

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April 16, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for April 16 in Montgomery County

Partly cloudy today with a high temperature near 50 degrees. Check out the weather forecast. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County for Thursday, April 16. 1. Face Masks Required on Buses: Starting today, passengers on Ride On buses must wear face masks. Any passenger who does not comply with this mandate “may […]

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April 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS to Share Information About Grading Next Week

Families will receive information about grading for the third and fourth quarter next week, said Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith in a message to the MCPS community Thursday.   Smith said MCPS is working with other school systems and the state Department of Education to figure out how grading will work for […]

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March 25, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Online Learning Starts March 30, Chromebook Distribution Begins Thursday

Montgomery County Public Schools is preparing its move to online learning on March 30. Jack Smith, superintendent of MCPS, said in a video following the statewide announcement that Maryland Public Schools will remain closed through April 24, MCPS will start distributing Chromebooks to students in need starting Thursday. In an email to families on Thursday, […]

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March 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Awaiting Guidance from State on School Closures

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education is awaiting guidance from state officials about whether to extend the current school closures, Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight said during a board meeting Monday.    McKnight said MCPS is planning for an extension just in case COVID-19 circumstances require it. MCPS is designing plans for remote […]

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February 12, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

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Junta de Educación Adopta Presupuesto Fiscal 2021

La Junta de Educación de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) adoptó el presupuesto del año fiscal 2021, el lunes. La Junta votó por unanimidad para adoptar un presupuesto de $ 2.803 mil millones para el año fiscal 2021, que es un aumento de $ 124.1 millones o 4.6% del presupuesto del año […]

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February 11, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Board of Education Adopts Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

MCPS Board of Education adopted the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget on Monday. President Shebra Evans says the Board voted unanimously to adopt a $2.805 billion budget for (FY) 2021 which is a $124.1 million or 4.6% increase from the (FY) ’20 budget. Evans added that the significant increase is focused around student population growth, and […]

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February 11, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

County School Board Offers Superintendent Jack Smith New Contract

Superintendent Jack R. Smith was offered a new contract Monday after Montgomery County’s school board voted unanimously in favor of the action. Smith has been the superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools since July of 2016. The new contract would extend his position through 2024. Smith currently has a base pay of $290,000 a year. […]

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January 28, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Jan. 28 in Montgomery County

It is Tuesday, Jan. 28 and it’s National Data Privacy Day. Celebrate by going through the settings on your web browser and clearing your cookies. While you’re at it, check out your social media settings and review the information you’re agreeing to share with third party applications. The Washington Post made an explainer video to […]

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January 15, 2020 | Staff Writer

Officials Holding Two Community Forums on State of Education in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Council Education and Culture Committee Chair Craig Rice, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith, Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard, and The Universities at Shady Grove Executive Director Stewart Edelstein are hosting two community meetings to present the state of education in the county. The meetings are an opportunity to discuss academic […]

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