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In the weeks to come, the doors of our K-12 schools will swing wide open as students stream in. With the unfurling of their classroom laptops, personal information will quietly and excessively stream out, right into the hands of Educational Technology vendors who sold their way into our scho…

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In the weeks to come, the doors of our K-12 schools will swing wide open as students stream in. With the unfurling of their classroom laptops, personal information will quietly and excessively stream out, right into the hands of Educational Technology vendors who sold their way into our scho…

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Dyslexia is a reading disorder that manifests itself as difficulty with reading and words. As of a study conducted in 2001, an estimated five to 12 percent of children in the United States are estimated to be dyslexic, potentially one in ten, and yet very little is widely known about the dep…

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander month. As we celebrate these cultures, we must also take the time to learn more about the figures who fought for the equality and liberties they deserve, since the United States has not been a very forgiving place. Yuri Kochiyama is not a household …

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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in-person sports are on their way back. On Jan. 29, MCPS released its “Return to R.A.I.S.E. Second Semester Plan,” outlining the plan for second-semester athletics in the county. The fall season is set to occur between Feb. 13 and April 17, with Feb. 2…

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In the ongoing nationwide fight for racial and gender equity, students in Montgomery County continue their passionate push onward by getting involved in political advocacy on the local and state levels, and inspiring other students to express their inner advocate. Though this often overlooke…

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Over the past 20 years, enrollment in MCPS has increased by over 30,000 students, making MCPS one of the largest and most diverse counties in the nation. However, facility construction has not kept pace with this growth. In order to ensure MCPS could maintain its high-quality facilities of e…

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The pandemic transformed the college admissions process this year, as universities swapped out their long-standing standardized testing requirements for a temporary test optional format. As the effects of COVID-19 have continued into 2021, however, taking either the SAT or the ACT continues …

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Montgomery County Public Schools has a history of leaving out, or ignoring the issues that affect marginalized communities; there have been lawsuits, petitions and protests over discrimination in the school system. One group whose voice has not been heard by administration officials has been…

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In 2018, Brandice Heckert was hired as the principal of Winston Churchill High School. Now three years later, she is leaving the school to take on a different position.

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On April 23, junior Hana O’Looney was elected as Montgomery County Public School’s 44th Student Member of the Board (SMOB). This year’s race for SMOB was undoubtedly unlike any other, but Hana managed to gain the support of students with an entirely virtual campaign. “Instead of walking your…

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United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently visited schools in Prince George’s County as part of his many visits to schools where he has given promises of help. Unfortunately, he didn’t travel just a few miles further to Montgomery County. Montgomery County Public Schools (M…

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Whereas: Montgomery County has placed police officers as school resource officers in our public schools since 2002. As recently as 2014, Montgomery County only had six police officers in MCPS schools. Today, MCPS has 26 police officers serving as school resource officers (one in each high school).

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“Disgusted, angered, and heartbroken,” said Ting Ting Li when questioned on her reaction to the recent Atlanta shooting targeting Asian Americans. Ting Ting, a Chinese-American sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is one of the many Asian-Americans whose past year, and most notably …

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If the COVID crisis has taught us anything about education, it's that parents, students, and teachers want choices. Some parents are ready for their kids to go back to school buildings now; others want to wait until they feel that things are safer. Some students are thriving in an online lea…

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Parents and families of MCPS students need substantive discussions and concrete actions from the Board of Education at their next meeting. We do not need more lengthy discussions of self-congratulations, pats on the back, or tangential topics.  The most pressing issue must be opening schools…

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This past year has presented our community with unforeseen, distressing challenges with regards to politics, inequity, and more prominently, the coronavirus. Students—one of the groups most impacted by the pandemic—were forced to quickly adapt to an entirely new form of education; a complete…

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This past summer, the Black Lives Matter movement brought attention to the deep-rooted police brutality and racially motivated violence towards people of color. As these issues were brought to the public’s attention, the problems with having police officers in schools became all the more clear.

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Montgomery County Public Schools recently announced that they will begin to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in all middle and high school bathrooms. The Board of Education will report on the feasibility, cost and timeline of the installation by February 2021, according to SMOB N…

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Montgomery County is known for its large and diverse student body and WJ is no exception, boasting a diverse population of students stemming from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. With the Hispanic community making up the largest minority body at WJ, many students have different po…

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This new school year has brought about a new learning environment for both teachers and students. While school may look different, it is still essential for teachers to support each and every one of their students, especially those who are LGBTQ+. While there are some barriers to this due to…

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After the initial nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19, one of the greatest concerns was how to get students back into the classrooms. Many schools have taken the risk to reopen and are able to use this time to test various ways that ensure their students receive a quality education while not…

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The Association for Education Fairness is suing the Board of Education and Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools Jack Smith for discrimination against Asian-American students in the magnet application process. The county made changes to the admission process, which the AFEF alleges unf…

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Remote learning has been implemented in high schools across the nation, but students are still adjusting to the switch; paper notebooks and journals have been replaced with Google Docs and online planners and hardcover textbooks have been replaced with PDFs. Although this transition can be t…

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At the forefront of the fight to lower the voting age is Tyler Okeke, a 19-year-old activist from California and former Student Member of the Board of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), working to ensure that the voice of the youth is represented nationwide.

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Premiering today, Montgomery County Public Schools introduces Social Distanced Television (SDTV), a county-wide program used to exhibit the work of students across public and private schools in the area. The content of the show will often reflect current topics and events while also providin…

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Stuck inside? During these tough times, it’s important for us to get out of the house once in a while, whether that means going on a walk or taking a road trip with your family. Fortunately for the WJ community, Maryland and surrounding states are filled with COVID-safe travel destinations f…

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In Montgomery County, thousands of students, aged 5-18, log onto screens for up to four hours a day. It’s an unprecedented school year, and it’s due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But does it have to be this way for schools? Is there another solution?

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