School Board

June 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Has Received About 500 Virtual Academy Applications

As of Thursday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has received about 500 applications for its 2021-2022 virtual academy, MCPS Director of Technology Integration and Support Dr. Kara Trenkamp shared during a school board meeting. The virtual learning academy for the 2021-2022 school year, called “Montgomery Virtual,” is a five-days-a-week program that will mirror the brick-and-mortar […]

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May 27, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Choudhury Replacing Retiring Salmon as State Superintendent of Schools 

The Maryland Board of Education unanimously approved Mohammed Choudhury as the state’s next Superintendent of Schools on Thursday. Currently, Choudhury is Associate Superintendent and Chief Strategy, Talent and Innovation Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. His new role is effective July 1. Current State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon will retire June […]

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May 26, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Retiring MCPS Superintendent Smith to Students: ‘You Are The Hope For The Future’

As Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith nears his retirement, he reflected on his time in public education and with MCPS. In a video message to the MCPS community, he thanked students, staff, families and community members. “Please know that you will always have a special place in my heart and that […]

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April 21, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Less Than 1% of Students Waitlisted for In-Person Learning, MCPS Superintendent Smith Says

As of April 12, 42% of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have no waitlist for returning to in-person learning, Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said during a school board meeting Tuesday. Smith said another 38% of schools have a waitlist of nine or fewer students. “And that means some of them have come into the waitlist […]

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March 11, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Dr. Monifa McKnight Approved as MCPS Acting Superintendent Effective June 

On Thursday, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) school board unanimously approved Dr. Monifa McKnight, Deputy Superintendent, to become acting superintendent this summer. McKnight is the first Black woman to be named MCPS Superintendent for any amount of time, Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala told MyMCM. Her new role is effective June 1, when current Superintendent Dr. […]

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March 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Politicians Begin Declaring Re-Election Decisions for Nov. 2022 Race

Six of the nine council seats as well as the county executive position are up for grabs at the November 2022 election. Already, several council members and County Executive Marc Elrich said they will seek re-election. Because of term limits, three councilmembers cannot run again. They are Hans Riemer, Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice. Elrich […]

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February 12, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Leaders to Hogan: Educators Would be Safer with More Vaccines

On Friday, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith and members of the Board of Education sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan urging that he “expedite the dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine to Montgomery County.” “We acknowledge that you do not believe the return to in-person to in-person instruction and vaccination should be tied […]

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December 7, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Estudiantes de MCPS Reportan un Alto Porcentaje de Clases Reprobadas

Los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) están reprobando clases a tasas más altas que el año pasado, dijeron los funcionarios en una reunión de la Junta Escolar, el jueves. Los funcionarios presentaron datos sobre grupos específicos de estudiantes de tres niveles de grado: sexto, noveno y duodécimo. Los residentes pueden […]

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December 4, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Students Are Failing Classes at Higher Rates, Officials Say

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students are failing classes at higher rates than last year, officials said at a school board meeting Thursday. Officials presented data about specific student groups from three grade levels: sixth, ninth, and 12th. Residents can access Thursday’s slideshow to see the full data presented. MCPS used data from English and math […]

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November 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County School Board Tentatively Approves In-Person Learning Plan

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to tentatively approve a phased-in return to in-person learning beginning Jan. 12, 2021. A final vote is scheduled for Dec. 3. In-person learning will only begin if public health conditions allow it. On Friday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials presented a matrix that shows […]

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