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October 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Police: Former Wootton Football Coach Sexually Assaulted Players, Asked for Explicit Photos

Additional charging details allege that former Wootton High School football coach Christopher Papadopoulos inappropriately touched student players and pressured one for explicit photos. Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged Papadopoulos, 26, of Gaithersburg with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of fourth degree sexual offense, according to online case […]

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October 13, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Former Wootton High School Football Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse of Two Players

A former Wootton High School football coach was arrested Monday and charged with sexual abuse of two student players. Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged Christopher Papadopoulos, 26, of Gaithersburg with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of fourth degree sexual offense, according to online case records. Papadopoulos was […]

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September 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Says All School Systems Have Submitted In-Person Learning Plans

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall.  On Aug. 27 Hogan said eight school systems did not include any in-person learning in their fall semester plans, which he said was not acceptable. “It is essential that we […]

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September 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Authorizes Schools to Begin Fall Sports Season, MCPS Stays Virtual

All Maryland school systems can begin an in-person formal fall sports season on Oct. 7, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced at a press conference Thursday. Practices can begin Oct. 7 and competition season begins Oct. 27.  The golf competition season is the exception and it begins Oct. 7, also. School systems that choose not […]

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September 14, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Athletic Association Details Second Semester Plan for High School Sports

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) released its “Roadmap for Return to Interscholastic Athletics and Extracurricular Activities” on Friday detailing a two-semester plan for high school sports.  The MPSSAA decided that during the second semester, which begins Feb. 1, 2021 and ends June 19, competitions will be allowed and seasons will operate on […]

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August 31, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich, Council Respond to Hogan: ‘We are Dismayed and Perplexed’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the county council made it clear they are not pleased with Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement “authorizing” schools to reopen in-person and pushing schools to implement hybrid learning plans.  “We are dismayed and perplexed that Governor Hogan made this announcement just days before students return to school,” Elrich and the […]

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August 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan to School Boards Not Planning on in Class Instruction: ‘That is Not Acceptable’

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that thanks to improving COVID-19 metrics, all jurisdictions in Maryland are able to safely reopen schools for in-person learning. State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon agreed with Hogan and said school systems should re-evaluate their plans by the end of the first quarter, especially those that plan to stay virtual into […]

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August 27, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne and Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Teacher, Who Ran for Congress, Charged With Sexual Abuse of Student

A Montgomery County Public Schools teacher, who was also a former Maryland Congressional candidate, was arrested Wednesday and faces several charges for inappropriate sexual contact with an eighth-grade student. Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement that there’s a possibility of additional victims. Police say Maxwell Bero, 30, of Clarksburg allegedly had sexual interactions […]

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August 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan: Every Maryland County ‘Fully Authorized’ for In-Person Schooling

Gov. Larry Hogan announced that as a result of improving health metrics, every county in Maryland is now “fully authorized” to begin safely reopening schools for in-person learning. “Now nearly everyone agrees that there is no substitute for in-person instruction,” he said at a press conference Thursday. Hogan said he hears from parents every day […]

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August 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

School Board Committee Will Meet Thursday to Discuss Special Education This Fall

The Montgomery County Board of Education Special Populations Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss special education in the fall semester.    Residents can submit questions before the meeting and watch live on YouTube and Facebook.  On Tuesday, the school board approved a plan for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 31 and […]

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