The Black and White

Police oversight bill to combat racially charged shootings

Police oversight bill to combat racially charged shootings

By Esme Padgett

June 5, 2019

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

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

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...

Photo of the day: June 3

Photo of the day: June 3

By David Villani

June 3, 2019

Art teacher Nancy Mornini left free art supplies, books and old projects out on a table outside her classroom for students and staff to pick up during her “yart sale.” Mornini, who will retire this year after 37 years of teaching, is clearing out her room, and she will throw away anything that i...

Congressman Jamie Raskin highlights importance of student activism

Congressman Jamie Raskin highlights importance of student activism

By Ben Baisinger-Rosen

June 3, 2019

Emphasizing that students are "at the heart of many of our most critical social struggles," Congressman Jamie Raskin answered questions from AP NSL students May 30 in the auditorium. Topics ranged from immigration reform to foreign aid. Freshman Katherine Dwyer, co-president of the Yemen Action Club...

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman!

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman!

By Ella Adams

May 31, 2019

On Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, we finally have the answer to why our school carries his name. In the summer of 1962, MCPS officials invited parents of the first freshman class to a meeting. There, they presented a list of potential school names—mostly famous inventors, poets and politician...

Women’s rights forum provides space to discuss recent abortion laws

Women’s rights forum provides space to discuss recent abortion laws

By Eva Levy

May 28, 2019

Hoping to provide a space for students to openly express concerns and opinions about recent abortion laws, GenerationWOW, a student-run women’s empowerment club, held a forum in the media center May 24. Of all the laws, Alabama’s is the most extreme, banning abortion at any stage and calling for...

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

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

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

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

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...

Construction of new track to start in early June

Construction of new track to start in early June

By Ben Stricker

May 20, 2019

The track will be closed starting in June to reconstruct its surface. County officials have been planning construction of a new track for at least three years, but the turf field installation last summer forced  them to push the project back, athletic director Andy Wetzel said. Over the winter, the track was rep...