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08/29/16

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What significant change occurred in Montgomery County Schools in 1954?   ANSWER: B: The school system started to desegregate In 1860, Maryland and Montgomery County were among the last in the nation to institute free public schools. For the first 12 years, black children could not attend county public schools; segregated schools were established in 1872. Following Brown v. the Board of Education in 1954, the county public school system began to desegregate in 1955, and completed its efforts during the 1960-61 school year. Editor's note: The above answer was corrected to more accurately reflect the school system's timeline for desegregation.   

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Scientist Alleges Tenure Bias at NIH; Montgomery County Expands Bus Camera Enforcement Program

08/29/16

Scientist Alleges Tenure Bias at NIH; Montgomery County Expands Bus Camera Enforcement Program

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning

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PETA Loses Suit To Halt County’s Bowhunting Deer Kill

08/26/16

PETA Loses Suit To Halt County’s Bowhunting Deer Kill

Appeal possible as judge rules crossbows don’t violate state cruelty code

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Ruthann Aron Drops Legal Attempt to Clear Name

08/26/16

Ruthann Aron Drops Legal Attempt to Clear Name

The former Montgomery County politician gave up effort to have no contest plea overturned in notorious contract-killing case

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Police Blotter: Two Robberies Reported in Potomac

08/26/16

Police Blotter: Two Robberies Reported in Potomac

The following incidents were reported to Montgomery County or Rockville police Aug. 8 to 16

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Chevy Chase Land Company Donates to Park

08/26/16

Chevy Chase Land Company Donates to Park

$50,000 funds play area at Western Grove Urban Park

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UPDATED: County Police Searching for Man Suspected in Bethesda Car Break-Ins

08/26/16

UPDATED: County Police Searching for Man Suspected in Bethesda Car Break-Ins

Investigators believe Dwayne Keymist later used stolen credit cards in Gaithersburg and Prince George’s County

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Small Bites: Bethesda Chocolates Plans to Open Soon

08/26/16

Small Bites: Bethesda Chocolates Plans to Open Soon

Plus: Bar crawl to benefit local bartender on Saturday; Woodside Deli honored

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Quiz: “Coxey’s Army” Encamped in Gaithersburg in 1894. Why Were the Men Marching?

08/26/16

Quiz: “Coxey’s Army” Encamped in Gaithersburg in 1894. Why Were the Men Marching?

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08/26/16

Answer

“Coxey’s Army” encamped in Gaithersburg in 1894. Why were the men marching?   ANSWER: B: More jobs In 1894, the 500-man-strong “Coxey's Army,” named for its leader, Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey, encamped at Gaithersburg en route to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Coxey and his followers looked to the government to create jobs building roads, bridges, dams and other public works improvements following the Panic of 1893, the worst depression in the U.S. up to that time. Hundreds of thousands of people lost jobs and unemployment reached 18.4 percent. Coxey’s efforts failed to move Congress to action, but the march was the first significant protest march on Washington.  

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Education Matters will discuss the news and issues affecting both public and private schools in Montgomery County. We want to talk about what’s happening inside—and outside—the classroom, who’s making the grade and who isn’t.

Julie Rasicot is a former newspaper reporter and managing editor who’s been writing about education for 25 years. She’s a veteran PTA and classroom volunteer who’s the mother of two girls—an eighth-grader and a fifth-grader—attending MCPS schools. None of that seems to matter, though, when she’s struggling to help her kids with their math homework.

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