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MCPS to add updates to the myMCPS app

MCPS to add updates to the myMCPS app

By Jack McGuire

June 11, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Board of Education hired technology company Synergy to develop a new software system for the myMCPS app May 6. The update will bring numerous improvements to the current app, including easing communication between servers, creating a multi-language communications feature and improving the class schedul...

Maryland passes Beltway expansion bill, county residents skeptical

Maryland passes Beltway expansion bill, county residents skeptical

By Emily London

June 9, 2019


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Despite the protests of hundreds of Montgomery County residents, the Maryland Board of Public Works voted to expand and add toll lanes to I-270 and I-495 June 5. Larry Hogan’s expansion plan aims to reduce congestion on both highways by adding four lanes—two in each direction—to both highways The BPW, which votes on the pro...

MCPS officials name new Damascus athletic director in wake of hazing scandal

MCPS officials name new Damascus athletic director in wake of hazing scandal
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By Ben Waldman

June 7, 2019


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MCPS officials named former Clarksburg High School assistant athletic director Clifford Elgin Damascus High School’s new athletic director May 30. The switch in athletic directors occurred as a result of a hazing incident that led to attempted rape charges for six junior varsity football players. MCPS officials fired the former Damascus junior varsity fo...

Police oversight bill to combat racially charged shootings

Police oversight bill to combat racially charged shootings

By Esme Padgett

June 5, 2019


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In an effort to decrease police brutality, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act May 5. The initiative will require an outside law enforcement agency to investigate any police officer involved in a death. Last year, County Councilmember Will Jawando...

MCPS shortens football season, doubles number of teams in playoffs

MCPS shortens football season, doubles number of teams in playoffs

By Ben Stricker

June 4, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

The Maryland high school football regular season will be one game shorter next season, going from 10 games to nine games. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association also added an additional round of playoffs games, which will double the number of teams that will compete in the playof...

County Council sets new lead limit for school drinking water

County Council sets new lead limit for school drinking water

By Lincoln Polan

June 4, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill May 7 that will reduce the amount of lead in students’ drinking water by 75 percent—from 20 parts per billion to 5 parts per billion. Councilmember Tom Hucker sponsored the bill after MCPS conducted lead tests on water fountains that revea...

Report finds large disparity in after-school program opportunities within the county

Report finds large disparity in after-school program opportunities within the county

By Max London

May 24, 2019


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The Montgomery County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight released a report March 19 that found major disparities in the number of after-school programs available at county elementary schools. After-school program providers usually must obtain a permit for a room reservation; each permit is co...

MCPS releases equity accountability model

MCPS releases equity accountability model

By Meera Dahiya and Anna Yuan

May 23, 2019


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An MCPS report found that across the county, white and Asian non-free and reduced meals program (FARMS) students largely outperform their black and Hispanic FARMS peers. The Equity Accountability Model, which MCPS released April 5, assesses the performance of five different student groups—non-FARMS Black students, non-FAR...

County officials host pride forum, tackle LGBTQIA student struggles

County officials host pride forum, tackle LGBTQIA student struggles

By Chloe Lesser

May 22, 2019


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The Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Association hosted MCPS’ first LGBTQIA forum May 18 at Wootton High School to raise awareness and discuss potential solutions to the struggles LGBTQIA students face in schools. The forum included a discussion panel made up of students, educators and public...

Montgomery County grants $200,000 in security funds to local faith organizations

Montgomery County grants $200,000 in security funds to local faith organizations

By Max London

May 22, 2019


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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced March 22 that the county will award $200,000 in security grant funding to 12 local, primarily Jewish and Muslim faith-based organizations to combat hate crimes. This announcement came less than a month after a gunman killed 50 people March 15 in two...

Pyle addition set to include several classrooms, auxiliary gym

Pyle addition set to include several classrooms, auxiliary gym

By Zara Ali

May 6, 2019


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Delmar Architects are set to complete the $25.1 million addition to Pyle Middle School by September 2020. The addition is currently in the construction phase. The new addition is set to include seven standard classrooms, a second gymnasium, two auxiliary gyms, a health classroom, a fitness room, an ...

MCPS to conduct review of all school names

MCPS to conduct review of all school names

By Anna Yuan

May 5, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

For the first time, the Board of Education will be conducting a review of all 206 Montgomery County school names. This follows county council president Nancy Navarro’s recommendation that the Board change Colonel E. Brooke Lee Middle School’s name in February. The middle school’s namesake set up the fi...