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Smaller teacher salaries, class sizes coming to MCPS

Members of the Montgomery County Council. Photo Courtesy of Katherine Frey of the Washington Post.

The Montgomery County Council approved a $5.3 billion budget May 26, and unanimously voted in favor of implementing smaller class sizes in MCPS. As a result, in the 2016-2017 school year, previously negotiated raises for teachers will be trimmed to allocate more of the budget toward reducing class sizes.

Media in the 2016 Presidential Race: Ratings vs Substance?

For centuries, the media has been a medium to spread information and mobilize the public. As technology revolutionizes communication, making information more rapidly available and in demand, the nature of media-political relations has seen a drastic shift, particularly in the 2016 presidential race.

Embrace your Awesomeness; embrace your averageness

Graphic by Charlotte Alden

A few months ago, my math teacher told our class about how “incredible” her son was. Having met Corbin, I know that he’s indeed a genuine legend (he’s an adorable dancer with class and sass). But coming from his mom, it just seemed biased. She noted the palpable discomfort in the room and then said, […]

Social Media »

Photo of the Day: March 6

Photo of the Day: March 6

Dozens of students shared the “KONY 2012” video on Facebook today, after the organization Invisible Children premiered the video online to raise awareness about Joseph Kony, who leads the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa and abducts children for child soldiers and sex slaves.

More by Lucy Chen

Ali Foreman (far right) visits the Cape of Good Hope with her host sister, Sarah, and fellow Whitman exchange student Kate O'Brien (second left) and her host sister.

‘Goeiedag,’ or hello, from South Africa

It’s 30 degrees (in Celsius) right now, I saw a baboon walking down the street yesterday, and when I asked for ketchup at lunch today, the waitress looked at me like I was crazy. Needless to say, this side of the world is far different from our “Bethesda bubble.”

Semester exam schedule

Exams for first semester start tomorrow and continue through next week. Students do not have to show up to classes in which they don’t have an exam. Buses still run on normal schedules, but students can stay in the media center or cafeteria.

Richard Berke (’76) oversees political coverage and features for the New York Times as assistant managing editor

It’s November of 2000, and Al Gore and George Bush are locked in a stalemate in the race for the American presidency. In the heart of the action is Richard Berke, hot on the story as debates raged over who would be the victor. Now, Richard Berke (’76) is an assistant managing editor for the New York Times, overseeing all political campaign coverage as well as the Times’ feature sections, but this news buff got his start writing for the Black & White in the 1970s.

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