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Nov. 13, 2006

MCPS to hold public forums on middle school reform in upcoming weeks

by Priyanka Gokhale, Online Editor-in-Chief
MCPS will be holding two public forums for parents, staff and students to voice their opinions on the proposed MCPS plans for strengthening the middle school system. The first forum will be held on Nov. 13 at Shady Grove Middle School. A subsequent forum will be on Nov. 29 at Silver Spring International Middle School. Both public forums will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Attendees of the forums will be able to speak about the draft of the new policy. The policy addresses many broad issues, including school culture, curriculum implementation, school organization and extended learning opportunities. Specifically, MCPS is looking for feedback on eligibility requirements that need to be met for students to be permitted to participate in after-school activities.

Childcare and interpreters for Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French will be available at the event. Sign language interpretation can also be requested, so long as the request comes in at least one week before the forum. Though it is too late to request an interpreter for the Nov. 13 forum, one can still be requested for the Nov. 29 one. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the MCPS program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing at (301) 517-5539 or 5582 (Voice/TTY) to make a request.

For more information about the forums, visit the official website.



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