Monday, September 26, 2016

Oct. 7th - CAPA Board of Education Candidates Forum

Elementary School Celebrates Plastic Field #judydocca #jeffreyslavin

...the first major individual pledge was from Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, whose $25,000 leadership gift inspired others to donate...

Reminder: This was another No Bid Field Turf installation. Actual bids were obtained, and all were rejected in favor of Field Turf, who did not even bother to bid.  

Why bid when you are going to get the contract anyway? 

Parents Fight Plans for Cell Tower at Virginia Elementary School

Friday, September 23, 2016

WTOP: Maxwell, "going to hold accountable those people who didn’t do what they should have done" #ExceptSuperintendent

“We’re going to work through these issues, we’re going to get answers, and we’re going to hold accountable those people who didn’t do what they should have done at the end of the process once we know that for sure,” Maxwell said.

Bethesda High Schools To Hold Sept. 29 Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking

Bethesda High Schools To Hold Sept. 29 Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking: Organizers hope to give parents information on how to confront the problem

...The Montgomery County Board of Education considered updating its underage drinking policy following the controversy related to the graduation, but it hasn’t taken action. A discussion of the district’s policy was not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the board’s Policy Management Committee...

Built in 2013: Gas Leak Fixed at Gaithersburg High School

UPDATE: Suspected Gas Leak Fixed at Gaithersburg High School: Students, faculty evacuated to school's stadium while emergency responders investigated

About 7:15 a.m., a gas line broke near the east wing of the Science Center, Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark P. Sroka said. County firefighters responded to the scene and the school was evacuated, prompting a two-hour school delay. There were no injuries, Sroka said.

NBC4: “I’m not going to continue to answer the same questions over and over again," Maxwell said.

School Board Members, Parents Call for PGCPS CEO to Resign

WUSA9: Car Totaled After Being Hit by MCPS School Bus

It was two weeks ago when that MCPS school bus hit Augenbaum's car, which was parallel parked in front of his home on Arcola Avenue in Silver Spring. The car hasn't moved since.
"The county told me they won't remove the destroyed car, that it's my responsibility to move the car and they're deducting their estimated salvage value of the car from what they're going to pay me," said Augenbaum.
Montgomery County offered to pay about $12,000 for the car. Augenbaum insists it was worth $15,000. His insurance company has yet to make a move, waiting for the county to step up.
"In the meantime, I don't have a car, I can't afford to buy another car, I can't fix this one, I can't replace it," said Augenbaum.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Watkins Mill Football Team’s Silent Protest Brings National Issue to Montgomery County

Watkins Mill Football Team’s Silent Protest Brings National Issue to Montgomery County: Some MCPS coaches support players’ kneeling during the national anthem; County Council president disagrees

PG Board Member calls for CEO Kevin Maxwell's resignation

Parents question delay in probe of alleged molestation of child on PG school bus

The parents of a preschool student in Prince George’s County said Tuesday that county officials recently informed them of an investigation into allegations that a bus aide molested their 4-year-old son last November, and they said they don’t understand why it took so long to look into the alleged abuse.
Child Protective Services contacted the family last month, seeking help in identifying a boy believed to be their son in a still image from a video that apparently was made in November. The parents said CPS officials told them the video showed a bus aide having inappropriate contact with the child inside a school bus...

MCPS Disconnect: County Economic and Workforce Development, and Fair Housing

MCPS Disconnect: County Economic and Workforce Development, and Fair Housing
New Strategies,​ ​Ready​ ​for​ ​Tomorrow,New​ ​HUD​ ​Affirmatively Furthering​ ​Fair​ ​Housing​ ​Reg  
​ ​ Frederick Stichnoth
    September 1, 2016

What’s the point(s)?
1. To show that the achievement gap messes up Montgomery County economic and workforce development and fair housing;

2.  To show that Montgomery County Public Schools has neither yet joined up nor even been recruited for (!!) the County teams of champions  working real-real hard on economic and workforce development strategy;

3. To suggest that the education achievement and related fair housing gaps are about to become real, real embarrassing for the County--especially for County economic development (real);

4. To call on senior public officials and highly influential people (HIP) (and even right-minded, albeit segregated, regular old folk, who can both-Whoa!-think and hit the send button to prod an SPO or HIPster) to get off your fa_...vorite anteroom couch and do your political leadership job: deliver the message to the Superintendent, the Board of Ed and all Moco segregated citizens that the achievement gap is, at long last (because it’s 2016 for gosh sake!) like totally unacceptable--so just ain’t gonna be tolerated no more (and hey--this time we really mean it, for a change; so fasten your seatbelt: no more tax-extracted wads of benjamins in your leaky bucket, no more happy hype for failure, no more election endorsements of lightweight,do-nothing, gap gabbers.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Former MCPS Board of Ed. Staff Director Out as PG Chief of Staff

Student Arrested over Bomb Threat at Silver Spring’s Montgomery Blair High School

Student Arrested over Bomb Threat at Silver Spring’s Montgomery Blair High School: Juvenile faces three charges for making false report

Parents to Rally in Call for Repeal of Law that Gave County Exec. Control of Public Schools #UnsafeLearningEnvironment #Cruel

State seeks comments on Howard school officials' handling of public information requests

The state's Public Access Ombudsman is seeking comments concerning the Howard County Public School System's handling of public record requests from July 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2015.
The comment-gathering is part of an investigation into the school system's compliance with the Maryland Public Information Act. The investigation is mandated by a state law, House Bill 1105, which passed in the 2016 legislative session and was enacted on July 1.
The bill was initially proposed by state Del. Warren Miller, a Republican representing western Howard County, after parents accused Howard school officials of falsely denying the existence of public documents and exceeding legal deadlines in responding to public information requests.
The Public Access Ombudsman, Lisa Kershner, is looking for comments related to three topics: the integrity of any refusal by the Howard school system to disclose a public record; the validity of any claims by school officials that requested public records do not exist; any delay by a school official to produce a public record that was requested; and any other matter involving compliance by school officials with public information law.
Kershner's office will be accepting comments through close of business on Friday, Sept. 30. Comments can be sent to using the subject "RE: HB 1105"; or mailed to the Office of the Public Access Ombudsman, 200 Saint Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202-2021.

Detectives Investigate Rape of Teenager in Sandy Spring Area

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division are investigating the Thursday, September 15 sexual assault of a teenager that occurred while she was walking in the Sandy Spring area.  To protect the victim, the Department is not releasing the victim’s age.
On September 15, officers were called to investigate the report of a sexual assault that had occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Detectives spoke with the victim, who reported that she was approached by a male while she was walking in the area of Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Route 108) in the Sandy Spring area.  The suspect, using no words, directed the victim to a grassy area located off of Olney-Sandy Spring Road.  The suspect then raped the victim.  The victim returned home and reported the assault to her parents.  Police were notified of the assault and responded to the hospital where the victim was receiving medical treatment.
Detectives continue to work to confirm additional details about the suspect and sexual assault.  As additional information is confirmed, it will be provided to the community.
Anyone with information about this sexual assault is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to their line that leads to an arrest in this case.  Residents are reminded to immediately call 911 if they observe suspicious activity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Police Responding to Bomb Threat at Montgomery Blair High School

Police Responding to Bomb Threat at Montgomery Blair High School: Students evacuated to Silver Spring school’s football stadium

BOE Candidates Forum Sept. 28th at Kennedy High School

Maryland attorney general: Hogan may have exceeded authority with order on school start

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan may have exceeded his authority by ordering public school systems to start after Labor Day, according to the state attorney general’s office, whose opinion was sought by Democratic lawmakers opposed to the Republican governor’s action.
“I can not say unequivocally that the Labor Day executive order exceeds the Governor’s authority, but I believe it likely that a reviewing court, if presented with the issue, would conclude that it does,” Adam D. Snyder, a lawyer in the office of Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), wrote in a 24-page letter that was delivered Friday to state Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s County) and Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Montgomery).
Snyder also wrote that the General Assembly has the authority to pass legislation to override Hogan’s executive order...

Monday, September 19, 2016

3PM Today: MCPS Ended with $31.4 Million Surplus

Today at 3 PM, the Montgomery County Council's Education Commitee will discuss MCPS' surplus of $31.4 million and the MCPS request to move around $4.2 million.

MCPS wants to move $4 million from Instructional Salaries to pay off a deficit in the Group Insurance Fund.  This translates to less money for teacher salaries (new or raises) due to the funding of benefits for existing teachers.

Police charge MCPS girls’ track coach in Maryland in sex crime involving 14-year-old

A girls’ track coach in Montgomery County faces sex offense and assault charges after having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met through social media, officials said Wednesday.
Onaje Robinson, 42, allegedly struck the girl with a wooden stick during the Aug. 20 encounter at his apartment in Germantown, which the girl described as nonconsensual, according to a police charging document filed in court. Robinson turned himself in to detectives Tuesday night, was booked at the Montgomery jail and released on a $10,000 bond, according to court records...

School Bus Driver says she reported aide to supervisor twice before contacting CPS

Moms Speak Out To Stop the Drug Epidemic in Montgomery County

On Saturday night, Rockville Town Square vibrated with the chatter of people, noise from the restaurants, and sounds from the band, Just Stones. In the midst of the bubbling activity of everyday life, a message was emphatically impressed on everyone present.
Parents of kids who are struggling or have struggled with drug or alcohol dependence were participating in the “Lights of Hope” recovery celebration. Their aim is to end the stigma of addiction and celebrate those in recovery.
“I asked my son, ‘If you don’t survive, can I speak the truth about it to help others?’ and he agreed,” shared Lynda Hudmon, a member of The Addict’s Mom (TAM), a support group for parents who have lost children to addiction, “I made a promise to him that I would never disrespect his memory. I made the same promise later to fiercely loyal friends who did not wish for him to be remembered for his struggles, but for the kind, giving, and smart person that he was.”...

Former MCPS Administrators Now in Prince George's Face Questions from Parent #childabuse #sexualabuse

The current Superintendent and Chief of Staff in Prince George's County were formerly Montgomery County Public Schools administrators.

George Margolies spent 11 years working for the MCPS Board of Education and is now the Chief of Staff for the Superintendent,  and Kevin Maxwell spent 6 years as a principal and Community Superintendent and is now the Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools. 

Below is an open letter from a Prince George's County parent to the Prince George's County Executive and public school leadership.