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Education Secretary Duncan, Governor O'Malley, and NEA President visit Montgomery County School

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with Gov. Martin O’Malley and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, will visit Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., as a part of NEA’s celebration of American Education Week (AEW). They will address the need to attract more bright young people into the teaching profession, and then they will take questions from students.

American Education Week, held November 14-20, honors teachers and support professionals who have dedicated themselves to the education of young people. Celebrated the week prior Thanksgiving, AEW began in 1921 as a way to generate public support for education at a time when illiteracy was a major problem.

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 9:15– 10:30 a.m.

MCPS Parent Academy - Refresh Your Algebra Skills with the Math Dude

  • Where: 18909 Kingsview Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Date: October 27, 2010
  • Time: 7:00pm–8:30pm
  • Brush up on your algebra and learn a few tips on how to help your child with algebra. Led by Mike DeGraba, The Math Dude, from the MCPS instructional TV series.

  • Features: Free
  • Price: Free

One of Nation's Best, Montgomery County Public Schools Wins $250,000 in College Scholarships

   Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) was named one of the five best urban school districts in the nation Tuesday by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, earning $250,000 in college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

   MCPS is the first district from Maryland or the Washington D.C. area to be selected as a finalist for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, which is the largest education award in the country.

   Out of the five school districts up for the award, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools was selected as the 2010 winner of the Broad Prize, earning $1 million in college scholarships.

Study Touts Economic Integration In Md. Schools

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) ? A new study shows low-income students in Montgomery County perform better when they attend affluent schools instead of schools with high poverty.

Human Rights Office Announces Annual Contests For Students to Highlight Human Rights Day

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is sponsoring essay, poster and video contests for students -- with the theme “The Faces of Human Rights, Then and Now” --  in conjunction with its annual Human Rights Day Celebration. 

Participation will be open to all students who attend Montgomery County public schools, as well as private and parochial schools in the County, children who are home-schooled and students living in the County and attending school elsewhere.

Winners will be announced at the annual Human Rights Day celebration on Friday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Arts and Theatre Building.

Graduation Rate Rises to 90 Percent for Class of 2010- Rate Jumps for 24 of 25 MCPS High Schools

The graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools increased to 90 percent in 2010, spurred by dramatic gains among the district’s African American students. The graduation rate for the MCPS class of 2010 showed an increase of more than 2½ percentage points over the Class of 2009, with African American students gaining more than 4 percentage points.

“This is outstanding news for our district. More of our students are graduating on time with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful,” said Patricia O’Neill, President of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “Congratulations to the students, parents and staff that made these results possible.”
   The MCPS graduation rate of 90 percent is 3.4 percentage points higher than the rate for the state of Maryland (86.6 percent).

Multiple Grants Enrich Comedy of Middle Schoolers At Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School

Wheaton.net reports that the Comedy Club at Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School in Wheaton has received grant support from an exceptionally wide variety of sources for the school year 2006-07. Corporate, government, and community funding is enabling the Comedy Club, now in its 13th year, to provide a program for both the school's mainstream and Learning Center students. The grant funds, along with money provided by the school PTSA, pay production costs as well as stipends for professionals to conduct workshops and assist the students in creating their latest production.

The work of the Lee Comedy Club has gained notoriety throughout North America since 1995 as material from its annual shows has been published and widely performed by thousands of schools and youth groups in the US and Canada.

The 2006-2007 Comedy Club activities are being under written by five organizations as well as the school's PTSA.