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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.

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

Fifteen MCPS Students Receive $100,000 Posse Scholarships

Fifteen MCPS Students Receive $100,000 Posse Scholarships

Fifteen Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) seniors have won four-year, full-tuition scholarships from the Posse Foundation. The scholarships are worth about $100,000 each.  

Nationally, 1,662 students were nominated by schools and community organizations for the prestigious scholarships and there were only 62 winners. MCPS students accounted for nearly one quarter of all the winners.

The Posse program, founded in 1989, identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Thirty-eight colleges and universities each offer full-tuition scholarships to at least 10 students. These multi-cultural teams of students—called Posses—provide support to one another and serve important leadership roles on the campuses. 

Pope Addresses Montgomery County Catholic School Students Invited to Sing at the Vatican

Pope Addresses Montgomery County Catholic School Students Invited to Sing at the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI blessed Catholic school students from around the world, who are in Rome as participants of the International Federation of "Pueri Cantores." Among them were nine students from St. Jane Frances de Chantal School in Bethesda, seated in the third row.

The Pope addressed the group in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish and Ukrainian. "As you use your talents and your faith to sing God's praises, you give voice to the natural desire of every human being to glorify Him, with songs of love," he said. "Yet beautiful music is able to express something of the mystery of God's love for us and ours for Him, as we are reminded by the theme chosen for your Congress: Deus caritas est (God is Love)."

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: