July 15, 2021 | Michelle Queen

5 Things to Know Today, July 15, In Montgomery County

Today is Thursday, July 15, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Maryland Tax Filing Deadline: Today is the deadline to file Maryland income tax returns. While returns are normally due on April 15, this year the state extended the deadline three months. 2. School Board Meets:  The MCPS Board of […]

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June 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Two Charter Schools Apply to Open in Montgomery County

Two charter schools have applied to open in Montgomery County. Their applications will be reviewed by the Montgomery County Public School’s Board of Education at its June 29 meeting. The Mentoring Business Learning Institute is hoping to open its first school, which will focus on business education for students in middle through high school, although […]

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February 18, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Two Richard Montgomery Juniors are Finalists for Student Member of the Board

It appears that Richard Montgomery High School is the hot bed of student activism among Montgomery County Public Schools. The current Student Member of the Board of Education is a Richard Montgomery student as are the two finalists competing for his job. When Nick Assante ends his term, he will be replaced by either Henry […]

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January 6, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Board of Education Request ‘Essential’ Status for Teachers Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

The Montgomery County Board of Education sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday advocating that all Maryland pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators be considered essential for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1B. “Providing the early vaccination of those entrusted with educating and caring for Maryland’s students will ensure a safe and speedy […]

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September 11, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Brooke Lee Middle School to be Renamed In November

The Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School in Silver Spring moved closer to rid its ties with a state and county politician from the early 1900s whose company developed racially-restricted properties. During its Sept. 10 meeting, the Montgomery County Board of Education added the name of Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee of Bethesda, a retired […]

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July 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS to Provide Virtual-Only Instruction Through January 29; Fall, Winter Sports Canceled

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith announced in a letter Tuesday that MCPS will provide virtual-only instruction for its first semester, which concludes on Jan. 21, 2021. “This decision includes the cancellation of all fall and winter sports,” Smith said. Smith said the decision was made following the guidance of Montgomery County […]

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June 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Former Students Urge BOE to Focus On Racial Equality

Three Montgomery County Public School graduates urged members of the Montgomery County Board of Education to expand anti-racism and racial justice materials, hire more Black staff members, require bias and equity training and increase cultural awareness programs and trips. Their four requests are:  include and expand anti-racism and racial justice material in social sciences and […]

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April 30, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

New Clarksburg Public School Named Snowden Farm Elementary

New Elementary School Named After Clarksburg’s Snowden Family Montgomery County Board of Education passed a resolution to name the new elementary school opening in Clarksburg in September 2019 Snowden Farm Elementary School. The school is named after Snowden Farm which was founded in 1845 in Clarksburg by Thomas Snowden, an African American dairy farmer.  The […]

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March 13, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Press Conference Held for Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative

Elected officials are working toward ensuring racial equity and social justice throughout Montgomery County. The launch of the county’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Policy was announced during a press conference Wednesday. The initiative is aimed at advancing fair and equitable outcomes for individuals and communities through government decision-making across all county-funded agencies. Officials want […]

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November 13, 2018 | Michelle Queen

School Board To Vote on 2019-2020 School Year Calendar Tuesday

In a memorandum addressed to the Montgomery County Board of Education, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith sent his recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year calendar. Under Smith’s recommendations, school would start on Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day and end June 15, 2020. The proposed calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days for students […]

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