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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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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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Students in MCPS are trading their backpacks for laptops for the first semester of school this year after the Montgomery County Board of Education announced in July that learning would be held online through February. With this change came many adjustments, such as a platform switch to Canva…

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My name is Dustin Jeter, and I am a Social Studies Teacher at Springbrook High School and a member of the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). I want to address the importance of transparency in education decisions.

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I want to address one of the open issues causing an impasse in contract negotiations between my employer, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and my union, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). What is the open issue? Teachers want to add the four social justice words “sch…

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By Tony Glaros Special to The Sentinel WHEATON – On a sun-drenched Friday morning, Reggie Wright pulled up a seat at a computer terminal where a coworker was pensively flipping through the pages of an Algebra textbook. “You do guided practice,” began Wright, 50, who directs the math department at John F. Kennedy High School […]

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SILVER SPRING – Corrections have yet to be made to the thousands of problems cited in an Americans with Disabilities assessment of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that was conducted two years ago. “We are just making sure we have the budget so we can address” the problems, said School Board President Shebra Evans. “We […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Jan. 9 to speak about the growing and current issues with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as residents approve of Boundary Analysis despite shortcomings. The meeting opened up with the board unanimously approving a resolution to acknowledge February as African American History Month as well […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight released its yearly education report in December, outlining the performance and opportunity gaps by race and ethnicity across the county as well as recommendations on how to combat them. The summary showed five key findings: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are diverse and segregated, gaps by […]

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ROCKVILLE – At his first media briefing of the year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith spoke about building on the improvements of 2019, the district’s effort to combat hate bias in schools as well as recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget. Smith started by talking about the increased enrollment in […]

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ROCKVILLE – After a rocky spring season dominated by criticisms and the cleaning up of perceptions after a Damascus High School hazing incident, students and staff entered their 2019-2020 school year in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) with a seemingly more attentive ear from its administration. Damascus High School, under legal scrutiny after an alleged […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith presented his operating budget recommendation for the fiscal year of 2021 on Dec. 18. Designed by Smith in collaboration with community groups and MCPS employee’s associations, the $2.8 billion budget is a 4.5% increase from the 2020 fiscal year, which was nearly half of the […]

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By Ana Mulero Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – With the holidays and 2020 just around the corner, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education completed an expansive agenda including voting in presiding officers, approving the 2020-21 school year calendar and listening to public feedback on Dec. 3. First, board member and Silver […]

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ROCKVILLE – Results of SATs from the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) class of 2019 showed a drop in scores for the first time since the SAT was redesigned in 2016. The class earned an average score of 1119 out of 1600, a 41-point drop from the previous graduating class. Still, the county’s scores are […]

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SILVER SPRING – For the second time in about six months, a drawing of a swastika was found at Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington on Nov. 25. “I am extremely disappointed to report to you that a pencil drawing of a swastika was found on a student desk. We quickly removed the vandalism,” Principal […]

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