On March 9, Montgomery County Public Schools' interim superintendent Larry Bowers announced plans for countywide budget cuts in preparation for an expected decline in state aid and funding.
Sequestration, which will happen unless Congress reaches a deal before then, is likely inevitable due to the current gridlock and inaction.
Substance abuse is a growing problem among adolescents and it needs immediate action for prevention and treatment. According to Teen Health, in the past year, 70.6 percent of high school students admitted to alcohol usage.
Imagine: You are a freshman at the University of Maryland. Senior year of high school, you applied to a range of colleges, scouring state schools and private universities for a competitive, top-ranked swim team. You chose your state school, and, with a sizeable amount of scholarship money under your belt, you suit up for your first practice of the season.
On Dec. 7, Superintendent Joshua Starr proposed his first MCPS operating budget before members of the Board of Education, Montgomery County Education Association, Montgomery County Council and Maryland state legislature.
As the fall sports season gets into full swing for Montgomery County, sweat, whistles and school spirit fill the air. Sadly, so does the late July decision to cut MCPS's athletic budget by almost ten percent.
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