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According to a report from Montgomery County Public Schools, at least 21.4% of students are considered “chronically absent,” which means they are missing class at least 10% of the time.

While this number has gone down since last year, when 26.2% of students were considered chronically absent, officials are still concerned.

“We are not alone in MCPS in fighting this,” said Damon Monteleone, MCPS associate superintendent.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, one third of all students nationwide are chronically absent.


Firearms stolen from Damascus store

Burglars stole firearms and ammunition from a Damascus gun store on Monday morning, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.


Three suspects forcibly entered Shooting Supply on Ridge Road by crashing a Hyundai sedan into the door. They left with firearms and ammunition in a second car.

MCPD is asking anyone with information to call 1-866-411-8477 or leave a tip online.



MCPS to hold budget forum tonight

Montgomery County Public Schools is hosting a virtual forum to gather feedback and answer questions about next year’s operating budget tonight. The forum will be virtual and held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., hosting by Board of Education member Julie Yang.

Members of the school community are encouraged to share their thoughts on how MCPS should prioritize its funding in the future.

Those that are interested must RSVP and can participate on Zoom at this link.


[Montgomery Community Media]

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