New technology coming to Montgomery County Public Schools

As an at-large Councilmember, I believe it is my responsibility to keep abreast on how we can best merge technology and innovation in all of areas of county wide policy. Recently, there was a lot of discussion surrounding the Montgomery County Public Schools supplemental spending request for Technology Modernization. In fact, I received plenty of outreach from many resident and parents who strongly supported the request and I want to thank you for writing to me. Your views helped to inform my decision and I was proud to vote “yes” for the ~ $2 million appropriation.

The program will procure Promethean Boards for our elementary public school classrooms. The initial purchase is expected to put up to 2,000 of these boards across our 130+ elementary schools.  Deployment will begin in weeks.  Right now, at the elementary level, 34 schools have no Promethean systems and 80 schools have fewer than 10 boards.  Promethean Boards will make learning more enjoyable for the students and more efficient for their teachers, and using digital media technology effectively is an essential skill in today’s economy.
The appropriation will also be used to install wireless internet networks in all schools, serving to help shift our schools to a more digital curriculum and content. Only 11 of the 25 high schools and 31 of the 132 elementary schools have wireless connectivity. Installing wireless universally will allow us to use different kinds of devices in a more agile manner.
As your council member, I am fully committed to sustaining Montgomery County’s educational excellence. 
Thank you for your support.

Daily journal, 10-12-11

Tonight’s youth town hall was a huge success. Yes it was contentious
but it was very healthy. Naturally the young people there raised many
objections and criticisms about the proposed curfew. For my own part I
tried not so much to convince everyone of my views so much as to
explain how I look at this issue and what I want to accomplish.

Alan Xie, the student member of the board of education, asked
questions about education funding that were sufficiently detailed to
provoke some guffaws from the council. I hope he didn’t take that the
wrong way. Everyone is just tense over the budget because we have no
money and next year isn’t looking very good either.

You can catch the town hall on county cable and on demand at our website.

I also continued my work today on the Fenton Street Market. You may
have seen the market announced that it plans to close rather than
compete for the RFP for veterans plaza. I reviewed the RFP and I can
imagine a document like that does not look friendly (you can see a
copy at the market’s website).

If you care about this issue please tell Hannah and the County
Executive and the Council that the community wants this market to
continue! I believe we can find a solution. One day Hannah is going
to have her markets all over Montgomery County.