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Montgomery County May Reconsider Charter Schools

Montgomery County May Reconsider Charter Schools
By Associated Press

The Maryland Board of Education has directed the Montgomery County school system to reconsider its decision to reject two charter school applications.

The state board found Tuesday that the Montgomery Board of Education failed to adequately explain why it turned down bids from Global Gardens Public Charter School and Crossway Community. It has give the local board 90 days to revisit its decision.

A Montgomery County schools spokesman says the local board will review the matter and "respond in a timely manner."

Montgomery is the largest school system in the state and does not have any independently operated charter schools.

Montgomery County Schools Closed

Montgomery County Schools Closed

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed today due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings also are canceled. All administrative offices are open. Day care programs in school buildings will remain open as scheduled.

Todas las escuelas de Montgomery County Public Schools permanecerán cerradas el día de hoy debido a las condiciones de emergencia por tiempo inclemente. Todas las actividades escolares y comunitarias en los edificios escolares también quedan canceladas. Todas las oficinas administrativas están abiertas. Los programas de cuidado infantil que operan en edificios escolares permanecerán abiertos según su horario programado.

MCPS Has Most Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists in Nation

MCPS Has Most Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists in Nation

Since 1999, Montgomery Blair has produced more semifinalists than any high school in America

  Fifteen Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have been selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search, the most semifinalists to come from any school district in the nation this year.

  The Intel Science Talent Search is one of the most prestigious pre-collegiate science competitions in the nation. The 15 students from MCPS represent most of Maryland’s 22 semifinalists in the competition, which is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education.
 

Maryland Named #1 Public School System by Education Week

Maryland Named #1 Public School System by Education Week

Rockville, MD – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement congratulating the State of Maryland on being named the #1 Public School System by Education Week:

Board of Education Discusses Superintendent Search; Adolescent Literacy

Board of Education Discusses Superintendent Search; Adolescent Literacy

The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Tuesday, January 11, and, among other items, discussed an update on the search for a new superintendent, adolescent literacy, and a school safety and security report. The Board also approved the  appointment of a new administrator, approved plans for three school addition projects, and passed a resolution recognizing February as African American History Month.

Update on the Superintendent Search

Potomac Teacher Charged With Heroin Possession

By Elizabeth Jia

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Montgomery County officials say an elementary school teacher has been charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop in Silver Spring.

Police say 25-year-old Rebecca Amick was one of three people in a car that was stopped for speeding at the intersection of Georgia and Thayer avenues on Tuesday night.

Montgomery County Police official Paul Starks says the police report indicates the driver's hands were shaking. Police officers noticed signs of nervousness.

Police searched the car and the occupants and found Amick with nine bags of heroin. She was charged with possession of heroin and released on personal recognizance. A court date has not been set.

"The story they gave to the officers [was] they had just purchased the drugs in Washington, DC and were returning to Montgomery County," says Starks.

Safeway ‘Neediest Kids Funds Drive’ until January 1, 2011

Safeway ‘Neediest Kids Funds Drive’ until January 1, 2011

Stop by any Washington or Baltimore area Safeway store throughout the 2010 Holiday Season and please make a donation at check out to support Neediest Kids.

Neediest Kids works with these area school systems:

Washington, D.C:

-Archdiocese of Washington

-D.C. Public and Public Charter Schools

Maryland:

-Frederick County Public Schools

-Montgomery County Public Schools

-Prince George's County Public Schools

Virginia:

-Alexandria City Public Schools

-Arlington County Public Schools

-Fairfax County Public Schools

-Loudoun County Public Schools

Neediest Kids works with the schools systems in the Greater Washington Area to ensure students have access to basic necessities to stay in school and thrive. Schools depend on Neediest Kids to provide funds to purchase what is needed most for their students to attend class and to be ready to learn: