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DeVos and Gov. Hogan visit local elementary school

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DeVos  Hogan visit Carderock Springs Elem. 1Acting Principal Jae Lee welcomes new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) visit Carderock Springs Elementary. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA –Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) visited an elementary school Thursday for National Reading Month.

About 60 second-graders filed into the media center at Carderock Springs Elementary School Thursday morning. DeVos and Hogan read Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go” to the students. She said she had read the book to her grandchildren several times.

She acknowledged the teachers and principal and their roles in the students’ education.

Afterward, she said she enjoyed visiting the school and reinforcing the value she said reading has for students.

“It was a pleasure to continue the celebration of National Reading Month today with the students of Carderock Springs,” DeVos said. “Reading opens kids’ minds and expands their world. Literacy is the foundation of learning, and it’s the starting point on the pathway to the American dream. We must make sure every child in this country not only learns to read but continues to enjoy the benefits of a lifetime of reading and learning.”

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First snowstorm of the year comes up short of hype

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Snowman building after snowstorm StellaPauil Folder and Alex Fulda from Florida make a snowman in the first snowfall they’ve ever seen - following snowstorm Stella this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

ROCKVILLE – It took until the last week of winter, but the area finally got some measurable snow.

A nor’easter hit the County, along with much of the Northeast Monday and Tuesday giving the Washington metropolitan area its largest snowfall of the winter. The Up-County received the brunt of the storm, with Damascus getting 4.5 inches, Derwood receiving 3.5 inches while Takoma Park got 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday night, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency, and Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery County government closed on Tuesday.

After local and state governments took precautions for a large snowstorm, once most of the storm had passed, County residents did not seem too concerned about it.

“People are freaking out for nothing. This is not that bad – we’ve seen worse,” said Rockville resident Rameez Khatri of how County residents often make a big deal out of few inches of snow.

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Teachers lose scheduled grading time in MCPS 2017-2018 calendar

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve MCPS staff’s 2017-2018 school year calendar that management adjusted to comply with the governor’s executive order, on Monday.

Chris Lloyd, president of teachers union Montgomery County Education Association, said he is concerned about how the new school year calendar will affect teachers’ ability to enter grades into the server and plan for their classes.

“I think it’s going to be very hard for teachers,” Lloyd said shortly after the board approved the calendar and he heard the changes for the first time.

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Seniors and how they lose in state government

 

There are currently about three million seniors living in the state of Maryland and, of those, there are more than 850,000 over the age of 65. Each year, as the senior population loses members, new members join; those that were 64 last year become 65 this year. In two years those currently at 63 will join the club.
The senior club does at least one thing better than any other group; they vote. Accordingly, one must wonder why Governor Larry Hogan as well as the Maryland State Legislature have chosen to once again forget this rather considerable constituency when it comes time for some good old fashioned tax relief.

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Hogan, O’Malley agree on gerrymandering reform

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Maryland’s two most recent governors agree on one of the most divisive issues in the state – gerrymandering.

Gov. Larry Hogan had faint praise for his predecessor, former Gov. Martin O’Malley, after getting wind of remarks O’Malley made at a speech at Boston College.

In his speech, which O’Malley published online in January, O’Malley called for a nonpartisan commission to draw congressional districts, a reform that Republicans in Maryland are in support of.

“America needs non-partisan redistricting commissions not only for drawing Congressional districts every ten years, but for state legislative districts as well,” O’Malley said. “This simple reform, already being adopted in some states, must become the new norm of American democracy.”

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Maryland’s General Assembly gavels for 2017 session

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CNS General Assembly 011The Maryland House of Delegates room was filled with delegates, friends and family members for the first day of the legislative session on Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis. Del. Michael Vaughn (D) from Prince George’s County was absent, as he resigned from his seat. PHOTO BY HANNAH KLARNER OF CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland -- The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly began Wednesday amid confusion stemming from federal investigations plaguing Democrats and concern among Republicans over the possible override of several vetoes issued by Gov. Larry Hogan at the end of the 2016 session. The Senate is scheduled to begin to debate the vetoes on Jan. 18. 

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Local leaders uncertain about future under President Trump

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MPI GovHog-0047Governor Larry Hogan speaks with Jacob Eisner while visiting the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

ROCKVILLE -- President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration is causing feelings of economic uncertainty among County officials, according to a County report.

Steve Farber, council administrator, in his fiscal update to the County Council last week, said the incoming Trump administration’s proposed polices on health care, tax and spending cuts, regulations on labor and the environment, and a change in immigration laws would have a major impact on the County.

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Hogan calls for repeal of road scoring bill

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Governor says five major projects in the county are in peril unless law changes

 

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Wednesday plans to introduce emergency legislation to repeal a transportation scoring bill that he said will kill 66 out of 73 transportation projects, including five major projects in Montgomery County.

The General Assembly overrode his veto of the bill in April.

Hogan at a press conference in Annapolis identified individual legislators by name and listed transportation projects in their home jurisdictions he said will die if the bill is not repealed. He did not single out any individual legislator from Montgomery County.

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Snow days could lengthen public school year

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The Board of Education voted to adopt its calendar for next school year at a meeting Tuesday, including two possible makeup days during spring break for “snow days.” 

School board president Michael Durso (District 5) said the school board members wanted to give families extra notice about the calendar.

“We understand how important it is for our families to have a calendar as soon as possible to begin planning their year,” said Durso.

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