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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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BETHESDA – The eight Democratic candidates in Maryland’s primary race for governor gathered for a panel discussion in December to discuss significant issues in the state, including traffic congestion and disparities in school funding.

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.

UPPER MARLBORO – A presentation by a firm helping the school system develop its master plan turned into a debate between members Prince George’s County Board of Education and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell about the vision for the future of the school system’s infrastructure after the firm recommended the closure of 29 schools.

UPPER MARLBORO – Despite a call for full funding at the behest of the Prince George’s County Council,  County Executive Rushern Baker III and Prince George’s County Public Schools, Governor Larry Hogan has decided to withhold the remaining 50 percent of the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI) funding the county has sought.

Gov. 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.