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Two MoCo schools have a longer school year

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In an effort to stop students from forgetting much of what they learned during their summer break, Montgomery County Public Schools has chosen two elementary schools in Silver Spring to see if a longer school year, and therefore a shorter summer break, will lessen any backsliding.

In a pilot program that is expected to start in the 2018-2019 school year, students at Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools will attend school from September 2018 through much of July 2019. 

The school year will be extended by four to six weeks, said MCPS spokesman Derek Turner.

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Board of Education discuss implementation of national education law

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Board of Education discussed its role in implementing federal education legislation.

Members of the board discussed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a law passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2015 as a successor to the previous No Child Left Behind Act.

ESSA requires that states implement a recording and accountability system to assess the academic performance of counties and schools. Maryland and Montgomery County are currently in the process of deciding how to implement the law.

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Shortchanging public education

larry-hogan-md-govGov. Hogan may have campaigned to change Maryland, but his budget actions could shortchange Maryland. Right out of the gate, he proposed $144 million in school funding cuts—meaning approximately $100,000 would be cut from every school in Maryland and $3,600 from every classroom.

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Legislators bristle at budget

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larry-hogan-md-govANNAPOLIS – In the words of more than one Montgomery County delegate, Governor Larry Hogan’s proposed budget for fiscal 2016 is “disconcerting” – mainly because Montgomery County Public Schools will be taking a $17 million cut to its educational spending.

The proposed budget, unveiled last Thursday, calls for a 50 percent reduction in the geographic cost of education index (GCEI) among a laundry list of other reductions to erase a projected shortfall of about $800 million next year.

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Rockville residents battle APFS

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rockville town squareROCKVILLE – While some framed the debate over the city’s Adequate Public Facilities Standards (APFS)/ Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) as schools versus development, many on both sides at Monday’s public hearing said the debate needs to be part of a larger vision for the city and county.

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Parents voice overwhelming support for delaying high school start times

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Bell times public hearingROCKVILLE – Parents overwhelmingly supported delaying high school start times at a Board of Education public hearing last night, with many saying it should start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for the health of adolescents.

The board is looking at five options for delayed start times after Superintendent Joshua Starr’s Bell Times Work Group examined research on adolescents’ sleep needs. In light of fiscal challenges, the BOE asked for options that are less than $10 million.

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Newton Looks For State And County APFS Input

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city of rockville signROCKVILLE--Mayor Bridget Newton hopes to temporarily stop the council’s consideration of the city’s adequate public facilities standards (APFS) for schools in order to wait for county and state input.

The APFS for schools determines how much school capacity must be available for residential development to move forward in the city.

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Public schools ready for 2,500 new students this year

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school busROCKVILLE - It’s the most wonderful time of the year-for parents. After two months of vacations, summer clinics, camps, and trips to the beach, the summer will come to a halt when students across the county return back to school.

When school starts on August 25, Montgomery County Public Schools will open its doors to 2,500 new students. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Maryland High School Assessment will be phased out and teachers will prepare students for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

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