The Observer

BOE reviews policy after controversy

BOE reviews policy after controversy

By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

March 26, 2012


Filed under Uncategorized

The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) voted to re-examine its flier distribution policy Feb. 27 after receiving complaints about fliers distributed by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) to students at several MCPS schools, including CHS. Members of the BOE have formed a policy com...

Police request more staff

By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

February 22, 2012


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Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger requested Jan. 19 that more police officers be sent to the county to provide ample support for its growing population. Manger is working on a staffing plan that will outline the divisions and units which would most benefit from increased staff. “We want...

UMD to cut eight varsity teams due to budget

UMD to cut eight varsity teams due to budget

By By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

December 20, 2011


Filed under Top Stories

  The University of Maryland (UMD) will cut men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, men’s tennis, women’s water polo, and the women’s acrobatics and tumbling team for the 2012-2013 school yea...

Students donate to memorial fund

Students donate to memorial fund

By By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

December 20, 2011


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 Members of the CHS community have donated over $7,000 as of Dec. 13 to the Craig Whyte Memorial Fund to assist math teacher Craig Whyte’s family after his death Nov. 15. The donations will be divided with a majority of the money going toward a scholarship fund for Whyte’s two daughters, and the remai...

Board of Education to adjust expulsion policy

By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

November 22, 2011


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  The Maryland State Board of Education is currently considering a proposal that would mandate that a final decision regarding recommendation for expulsion be made within 10 days of a student’s removal from school. After the school superintendent makes the decision, the student may be allowed t...

Redistricting adds to Democrats’ majority

By Sarah Reitzes and Stacey Stein, News Editor and Online Breaking News Editor

November 21, 2011


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  The Maryland House of Delegates approved Governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to redraw the lines of the state’s eight congressional districts Oct. 19.   The revised districts will go into effect for the 2012 elections, and the new lines will change the sixth district from being compr...

Maryland unsure whether to apply for No Child Left Behind waiver

By Sarah Reitzes News Editor and Sarah Reitzes News Editor

October 24, 2011


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  President Barack Obama plans to grant waivers to states which will allow them to bypass certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act if they implement other education reforms.   Under the waivers, states will be able to opt out of a major part of the law that requires all ...

Students start local ACLU chapter, campaign for rights

By Sarah Reitzes News Editor

October 24, 2011


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  The CHS chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) held its inaugural meeting Oct. 10 to discuss its goals for the year.   Senior Zoe Dobkin founded the club after working for the D.C. affiliate of the ACLU this past summer.   "I like the views they stand for—civil lib...

Curfew bill threatens students’ late nights out

By Sarah Reitzes News Editor, Sarah Reitzes News Editor, and Sarah Reitzes News Editor

September 27, 2011


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Hanging out late with friends, going for midnight strolls or going to the gym in the early morning may seem like fairly typical teenage activities, but if the Montgomery County curfew bill is passed, CHS students may soon not be able to do any of them. The Montgomery County Council is currently debating...

New Superintendent selected for 2011-2012 school year

By Sarah Reitzes News Editor

May 19, 2011


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The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously ap­pointed Joshua Starr the new MCPS Superintendent May 1. Starr will of­ficially take over for current Super­intendent Jerry Weast July 1.   Starr is currently finishing his sixth year as Superintendent for the Stamford Public School...

Budget cuts threaten JV sports, coaching

By Sarah Reitzes News Editor

May 16, 2011


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Later this month, the Montgomery County Council will vote on a proposal to cut $1 million of the approximately $7 million budgeted for MCPS athletics. These cuts could include the elimination of JV cheerleading squads and coed volleyball teams in county high schools, the shortening of all JV seasons...

D.C. school vouchers hurt lower-income families

By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

April 11, 2011


Filed under Opinions

MCPS may be considered one of the best school systems in the country, and CHS one of the top 100 high schools, but right next door the D.C. public school system is considered one of the worst. If House of Representatives speaker John Boehner’s bill to revive D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program...

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