The Observer

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2018

MCPS has a $2.519 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 to fund operations for the 204 schools included in the county. While MCPS may be adequately funded, there are still alarming disparities within the county concerning planned distribution of resources to schools and funding for such reso...

Potential Appointee Poses Threat to Public School System

Trump has tentatively appointed Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

By Sofia Williamson, Opinions Editor

January 12, 2017

The public school system has guaranteed educational opportunities to students since the mid 19th century. It has made equality of opportunity a strong possibility for all Americans. President-elect Donald Trump’s unconfirmed nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, however, is suggesting...

Abortion Education Should be Integrated Into MCPS Health Curriculums

Regardless of moral opinion, medical abortion should be taught in an unbiased manner to students in health classes.

By Sofia Williamson, Opinions Editor

January 4, 2017

In world history classes, students are taught a wide span of religion views without bias. For instance, In 1962,  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. This case, among others,...

Bill Expands SMOB Power

By Rebecca Jackson, Circulation Manager

March 22, 2016

The Maryland House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 87, which will significantly expand the voting rights of the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for Montgomery County. If passed in the Maryland Senate, this bill will be enacted July 1, increasing the SMOB’s voice and effectiveness in...

Students to access WiFi next year

Students to access WiFi next year

By Julia Heimlich, Circulation Manager

February 28, 2013

Students across Montgomery County will finally have free access to a wireless connection on any personal device in schools beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, thanks to an MCPS Board of Education vote this past September. This type of technology will offer a wider digital curriculum and enhance teach...

Education reform needed to compete

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

February 28, 2013

In the midst of the Space Race of the 1950s, the US was startled to find itself playing catch-up with the USSR for the title of world’s greatest superpower. When the Soviets launched Sputnik into space, America accepted the challenge and quickly shifted its education standards to usher in an era of unprec...

Achievement gap subject of Starr’s ‘State of the Schools’

Achievement gap subject of Starr's 'State of the Schools'

By Dana Youngentob, News Editor

December 3, 2012

Superintendent Joshua Starr gave a "State of the Schools" address Nov. 12 to update the community on MCPS’ progress. The theme of this inaugural address was "Building the Future Together." The slogan was intended to encourage the community and schools to work together to improve education for MCPS st...

Obama’s education plans calls for sweeping reform

By By Emily Birnbaum, Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

President Obama again made his plans known to overhaul President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, in his Jan. 25 State of the Union address, but the outcome is still in doubt—for Congress and students.  If the president’s proposals make it through Congress, high school students...

Educational Foundation issues grants for student projects

October 27, 2010

This year, the CHS Educational Foundation is continuing its efforts to provide financial support for student- and teacher-run educational activities through its Challenge Grant. “[The Challenge Grant] is a grant of an amount of money to a group of students who propose an educationally enriching...

Educational Equality

By Editor in Chief Andrea Mirviss Features Editor Amanda Vinner

May 4, 2010

A National Dilemma Some young girls may remember chasing little boys around the playground chanting: “Girls go to college to get more knowledge; boys go to Jupiter to get more stupid-er.” Countless parents have laughed at the ridiculous comments of these children, but could there be some truth to...

MCPS must expand special programs

By Suzy Rudorfer
Circulation Manager

May 28, 2009

Specialized magnet schools and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program are the two most notable examples of “special programs” offered in MCPS high schools. At first glance, these and other programs seem like a harmless way to challenge advanced students with a rigorous schedule. Upon closer...

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