November 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

First Generation College Students Share Experiences

Students who are the first in their family to attend college gathered at the Universities of Shady Grove Tuesday to network and learn ways to help them succeed. For 90 minutes, they heard what programs were available for them, including Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success, and the importance of networking. Annie Foster, the director at […]

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November 8, 2021 | Collin Riviello

MCPS Seeks Community Input on Superintendent Search

What qualities do you believe make a good leader? What about an excellent teacher? Montgomery County Public Schools wants to know what traits it should look for as it searches for its next superintendent. In partnership with the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, MCPS released this survey asking the community what qualities they […]

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August 27, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Montgomery College Receives $160,000 for Program on Black Diaspora in America

Montgomery College was awarded a $159,406 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the college’s “Concepts of Black Diaspora in the United States: Identity and Connections among African, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American Communities.” The program is a two-week, residential institute for 25 higher education faculty to consider the diverse nature and experience […]

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August 20, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Parents Concerned with COVID-19 Spread at Lunch; Urge MCPS to Create Specific Plans

Nearly 3,000 people, the vast majority describing themselves as parents or guardians, signed an on-line petition urging Montgomery County Public Schools to mandate a new detailed lunch policy that would enable students to eat outdoors. In its Aug. 13 recovery guide, MCPS stated it will “[e]ncourage the use of outdoor spaces for unmasked educational and […]

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July 28, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

BOE Rejects Charter School Proposals

Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted against allowing either of two  proposed charter schools to open next year. At this time, the county continues without any charter schools. Because the the Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Boys Inc. and The Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Girls Inc., did not demonstrate a clear understanding of the […]

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July 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Grant Applications Close Friday for Nonprofits Focused on Minority Entrepreneurship, STEM Education

Friday is the deadline for Montgomery County nonprofits to apply for a grant from the County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). The grant program is open to nonprofits with a mission or program related to: Minority and women entrepreneurship Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education Research and innovation development Small-scale manufacturing Organizations must apply by […]

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July 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich to Discuss Preliminary Police Audit Report at Virtual Community Meeting Wednesday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will discuss a recently-released preliminary audit report of the county police department (MCPD) during a virtual community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Elrich will discuss recommendations from the report, released June 30, as well as other reimagining public safety implementation updates. He commissioned the independent audit as part of the […]

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July 2, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Students Speaking Up! Enables Teens to Share Anxieties, Concerns

Two Montgomery County Public School students wanted to let other students know that they were not alone in dealing with the isolation and anxieties that arose during the pandemic. Rather than listen to experts on the topic, they decided to let students use their own voices to speak up and asked them to be as […]

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June 30, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS: Summer School Staffing Almost Complete

Montgomery County Public Schools has almost filled all teaching positions for summer school, the administration announced during their Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. Currently, about 52,500 students will be attending summer school, which is the most the school district has ever had, said Assistant Superintendent Niki Hazel. Some of the students have opted to […]

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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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