News Briefs

Marisa Silverman, Managing Editor

Montgomery County population increasing

The rate of growth within Montgomery County Public Schools is increasing. This year, the enrollment of MCPS grew an estimated 2,520 students. The county has 165,200 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in all 207 schools in the county. Maryland’s Department of Education does an official count every year, on the last day of September. According to the Department of Education, the size of the county has grown 11,000 students since 2010.

Whitman student attacked with frying pan on school property

A student at Walt Whitman was attacked with a frying pan on Sept. 16. According to a WUSA9, at 10:41 a.m. the victim was attacked and only 30 minutes later, the fire alarm went off and the whole school was evacuated while the victim was being attended to. The victim is in good condition while the assailant was arrested and charged with first degree assault, according to WUSA9.

SMOB Nate Tinbite introduces new bill

The Montgomery County Board of Education is looking at introducing a bill that will connect athletics to academics. Student Member of the Board of Education Nate Tinbite introduced the idea that students who participate in a sport will receive a half semester credit of gym. Students are currently required to have two semesters of PE and one semester of health. This bill would offer another way for students to fulfill their gym credits without taking space in their schedule.