May 23, 2013 |
The Montgomery County Council gave formal approval Thursday to a $4.8 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The spending plan, a 4.1 percent increase over the current fiscal year, includes pay raises averaging 7 to 10 percent for unionized fire, police and non-uniform employees. The average homeowner will see property taxes increase by $80 a year. The new budget also expands the number of police on the streets and in schools, while also increasing some library hours.
May 7, 2013
Regarding the May 5 Metro story " Majority flunked finals in math ": In the discus sion about the reasons for poor math scores among students at Montgomery County Public Schools, has the possible correlation between a math teacher and his or her students been considered? It would be revealing if math teachers were given the same tests as their students. It might show that teachers who did well had students who did well. Robert O. Disque ,...
May 1, 2013
Evalyn D. Cheesman, 87, who taught English in Montgomery County Public Schools for two decades, died April 8 at an assisted-living facility in Sykesville, Md. She had complications from dementia, said her daughter Cynthia L. Kehr. Mrs. Cheesman taught from 1966 to 1986 at schools including Gaithersburg Middle School and, in Rockville, Robert E. Peary High School and Earle B. Wood Middle School. She lived in Montgomery for about six decades before moving to assisted-living care several years ago. Evalyn Jane DeFord was born in Bedford, Ind.,...
April 24, 2013 |
Parents, teachers and students of Sligo Creek Elementary School in Silver Spring grabbed their gardening gloves and shovels Saturday morning for some outdoor education. The school, which shares a courtyard with Silver Spring International Middle School, is working to create an outdoor classroom, complete with native plants and an edible garden, said Sligo parent Debbie Boger, chairwoman of the school's committee for the project. The classroom will be integrated into some of the Montgomery County public...
April 22, 2013 |
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday honored five Washington-area schools and the Montgomery County school system as National Green Ribbon Schools for their exemplary environmental education programs and sustainable facilities. "These kinds of learning opportunities are what we all want for our children," Duncan said during an Earth Day ceremony at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School in the District, one of 64 individual schools honored nationwide. "The leadership here and the...
April 9, 2013 |
A Damascus High School student says she was "harassed and intimidated by teachers and an assistant principal for refusing to stand" during the Pledge of Allegiance. Tenth-grader Enidris Siurano-Rodriguez said she was sent to the assistant principal's office on April 4 for not taking part in the Pledge of Allegiance, according to the ACLU of Maryland , which is representing the family. Siurano-Rodriguez's biology teacher asked her to stand during the Pledge,...