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March 16, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich Budget Plan Would Remove Police from Schools, Add Early Childhood Funding

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich laid out his next fiscal year budget that includes eliminating the police officers in schools program, fully funds Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College’s budget requests and increases funds for early childhood education and affordable housing. It stresses climate control, emphasizes mass transit and creates a White Flint Research […]

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February 26, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Funcionarios Actualizan al Concejo sobre la Reapertura Escolar

Los concejales del condado de Montgomery utilizaron las “miles” de preguntas e inquietudes que han recibido de los residentes para interrogar a los funcionarios de las escuelas públicas del condado de Montgomery sobre los detalles de la reapertura de las escuelas. “Todos hemos recibido miles de correspondencia de los constituyentes”, señaló el concejal Gabe Albornoz. […]

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February 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

School Officials Update Council on School Reopening

Montgomery County councilmembers used the “thousands” of questions and concerns they have received from residents to question Montgomery County Public School officials about the specifics of reopening schools. “All of us have received thousands of constituent correspondence,” noted Councilmember Gabe Albornoz. Ventilation, vaccines, mental health, quarantining and staffing were just some of the many topics […]

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February 5, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

VP of Education Association: MCPS Teachers Need ‘Consistent Plan’ to Return to Classroom

Gov. Larry Hogan set the goal of March 1 for all public schools in Maryland to reopen for some form of classroom learning  During his announcement on Jan. 21, Hogan said the state would consider if it should “explore…legal avenue[s]” if school districts do not make an effort to offer some form of hybrid learning. […]

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December 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Superintendent Proposes Decreased Budget for FY 2022 as Enrollment Drops

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced in a prerecorded video Thursday that he’s recommending a $2.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year 2022. The budget is a 1.5% decrease and a $42.6 million decrease from the FY 2021 budget. Smith said the budget was developed recognizing the “profound” impact the coronavirus has had […]

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December 16, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

School Employees Should be Prioritized for Vaccine, Superintendents Say

Maryland Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon and Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said Tuesday they would like to see education employees be some of the first people to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday and Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press briefing Tuesday that every Maryland hospital […]

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December 15, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Retorno al Salón de Clases se Pospone al 1 de Febrero si se Cumplen las Métricas

Los primeros estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) regresarán al aula el 1 de febrero sólo si la tasa de positividad de COVID-19 del condado es del 5% o menos y hay menos de 15 casos nuevos por cada 100,000 residentes, así lo acordó la Junta de Educación por unanimidad, el […]

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December 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Students’ Return to Classroom Pushed Back to Feb. 1 if Metrics Are Met

The earliest Montgomery County Public School students will return to the classroom is Feb. 1 and that only will occur if the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 5% or below and there are fewer than 15 new cases for every 100,000 residents, the Board of Education unanimously agreed Dec. 15. Tuesday, the positivity rate was […]

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November 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Superintendent Discusses Student Return to Classroom at 9 a.m. Monday

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith is holding a media briefing this morning to discuss the framework for bringing students back into the physical classrooms for in-person learning in January. The 9 a.m. briefing will be live streamed on the MCPS website. MOMENTS AWAY: @MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith hosts a live media […]

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August 5, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Details All-Virtual First Semester

Montgomery County Public Schools’ plan for the first semester, while totally virtual, is designed to be as similar to an in-school day as possible and includes virtual extracurricular activities, free lunches and distribution of all necessary technical equipment. Superintendent Jack Smith released a 43-page “Reimagine, Reopen, Recover” draft plan that will be presented to the […]

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