May 16, 2017
Dear Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen, Jr.: On May 4, 2017, the United States House of Representatives (House) passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. Because of the expeditious movement of the legislation, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) were unable to […]
March 19, 2017
Read answers to frequently asked questions about changes to the language immersion program lottery.
March 16, 2017
You can also read the letter here The Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. Governor The State ofMaryland 100 State Circle Annapolis, Maryland 2I40I-I925 Dear Governor Hogan: On behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Education, I am writing to share our perspective on your Executive Order stipulating the start and end of the school year […]
February 27, 2017
Transparency and responsiveness are important to us. That’s why Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Board of Education have created an operating budget question and answer search tool.
February 21, 2017
When a student graduates from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), they not only have a diploma, they have options. Our goal is to ensure students have the tools to explore those options, whether they enter credit-bearing courses, secure a living-wage job, or pursue a combination of the two.
January 10, 2017
Dear MCPS Families: Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for every MCPS student to learn. Montgomery County has experienced an increase in hate-based incidents in the community in recent months, including some that have affected our schools. […]
January 3, 2017
By Patricia O’Neill Chair— Policy Management Committee, Montgomery County Board of Education Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a longstanding commitment to the principles of equity and excellence in education. These principles are embedded in our school system’s mission and are expected to permeate all aspects of our work—from our board room to the classroom. […]
August 31, 2016
This afternoon Governor Larry Hogan, alongside Comptroller Peter Franchot, announced and signed an executive order that mandates all Maryland public schools start after Labor Day, conclude by June 15, and include 180 days of instruction. While the Montgomery County Board of Education certainly appreciates the Governor and Comptroller’s interest in supporting beach communities on the Eastern Shore, we strongly oppose any attempt to usurp local decision making around school calendars. Prohibiting schools from starting before Labor Day ignores critical issues faced by schools and the potential negative instructional impact on students. Determining the school calendar is complicated and requires balancing educational requirements, operational issues, and unique community needs all in the interest of students. As a key stakeholder and the largest school district in the state, we are disappointed that the Governor and Comptroller did not include us in their dialogue on this issue.
August 18, 2016
By Michael A. Durso and Jack R. Smith As you all are likely aware, our community experienced a terrible tragedy last week when a horrific fire and explosion led to a building collapse at the Flower Branch Apartments on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring. More than 100 people have been affected, including many Montgomery […]
June 3, 2016
by Michael Durso The recent events surrounding the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School graduation have once again put the issue of underage drinking and substance use squarely in front of us. Understandably, there are strong feelings on all sides of the decision rendered regarding the participation in graduation ceremonies of some students who consumed alcohol […]