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Councilmember for A Day 2017

Councilmember Craig Rice has started accepting applications for his “Councilmember for a Day” challenge. Watch Councilmember for a Day video to see why you should participate in this unique challenge at the Montgomery County Council. To apply go to CMforADay17.
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For Montgomery County's High School Juniors and Seniors
Building Relationships and Giving Kids Critical Skills
to Succeed in Today's Society

AutBuddy Proclamation

Summer R.I.S.E. (Real Interesting Summer Experience) is a locally funded initiative led by WorkSource Montgomery in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and other partners, that will provide MCPS rising juniors and seniors with enriching summer career development experiences. Students will participate in career shadowing opportunities that will introduce them to the structures of businesses and industries, the role of technology, and the importance of customer service in every profession. They will also earn a stipend, learn about financial literacy, and participate in both online and in person professionalism trainings to help prepare them for college and career. ( video)

FY2018 Community Grants application is available.  
Applicants are strongly urged to attend one of the Workshops listed below.  No registration is required. Click the link for County Grant and Contact Information information.

Dates/locations for workshops are:
•    December 6, 2016 - 2:30pm - The BlackRock Center for the Arts  
o    Main Stage - 12901 Town Commons Drive; Germantown, MD 20874
•    December 8, 2016 - 7:00pm - Council Office Building 
o    3rd floor hearing room - 100 Maryland Avenue; Rockville, MD 20850
•    December 13, 2016 - 10:00am - White Oak Community Recreation Center 
o    Social Hall - 1700 April Lane; Silver Spring, MD 20904
Other important dates for the FY18 grants cycle include:
•    January 11, 2017: Applications Due
•    Late February through March:  Council Applicant Meetings
•    March 15, 2017: County Executive Recommendations
•    April 28, 2017: Council Grants Advisory Group Issues Report
Reaffirming Community Safety and Trust and Denouncing Anti-Immigrant Activity, Racial Bias and Discrimination, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Hate Speech, Hate Crimes, and Harassment in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland  Introduced Resolution No.:18-63 November 15, 2016 and Adopted Resolution No.: 18-63 November 15, 2016
Background: Montgomery County's Strength is its diversity. People from every corner of the Globe come to our County seeking peace, stability and a better quality of life for their families, and their contributions greatly enrich our our community...( click the link to continue)  

The November 4, 2016 Edition of the Rice Report

This special edition of the Rice Report is a summary of just some of the most incredible events during the month of October 2016:
   Clarksburg Premium Outlet Grand Opening,
   Councilmember for a Day,
   Conowingo Dam, and
   Workforce Housing.


AutBuddy Proclamation

Education commission not just about money, but how it’s spent, and what it achieves By Len Lazarick | October 31, 2016...  “ What it will take for Maryland to compete with the best education systems in the world.”
“These other countries that used to be behind us are now way ahead,” said Tucker.
In response to a question from Craig Rice, a Montgomery County Council member, about whether the foreign school systems studied had the same issues with diversity, Tucker said some of the systems, such as Shanghai, had large numbers of disadvantaged students speaking other dialects. ( click here to read the article in its entirety)

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice hosts Wootton High student Angela Wu as "Councilmember for a Day."   (Watch the Proclamation Presentation here)

COUNCILMEMBER FOR A DAY . . . Angela Wu, a sophomore at Wootton High School in Rockville, on Nov. 1 talks about being selected as the first honorary Montgomery County “Councilmember for a Day” at ceremonies to start off her day. Her essay was selected as the best of about 100 entries and earned her the opportunity to spend a full day shadowing Councilmember Craig Rice, who started a contest to get more students involved in local government. Among those attending the ceremonies in Rockville were Angela’s father, Matthew, and Wootton High Principal Kimberly Boldon.  

 October 24, 2016
(Click here for the Joint Health & Human 
 Education Committee Packet)

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER . . . Students from Blair High School in Silver Spring were among the panelists on Oct. 24 in providing an update on the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative” to a joint meeting of the Montgomery County Council’s Education Committee and its Health and Human Services Committee. The program, launched by President Obama, encourages a greater sense of responsibility among community leaders and America’s youth generation. Those at the briefing included Councilmembers George Leventhal, Craig Rice and Marc Elrich.  


Agricultural Reserve Power Point Presentation (click here)

Capacity crowd attends meeting on Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve Video summary now available of event organized by Councilmember Craig Rice to address program that preserves almost one-third of County land ( click here for the Press Release )

A capacity crowd turned out on Monday, Oct. 10, at The Universities at Shady Grove for a special informational meeting about Montgomery County’s unique “Agricultural Reserve.” The event was organized by Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, who represents Council District 2 that includes most of the Agricultural Reserve. The meeting addressed details about the large area of protected land, discussed why it was created and why it is so important to all residents in the County...( see more)

Montgomery Village Community Meeting | September 28, 2016

Montgomery County is one of the Best Places to Live Work and Play!  It was wonderful to see so many Montgomery Village residents and have the opportunity to hear their thoughts and concerns relating to the Village as well as school and other county related questions. 

Montgomery Councilmember Craig Rice named to commission that will review Maryland State education funding. County Council’s Education Committee Chair will serve on panel making first major review of State education funding in more than 10 years...“In every county in Maryland, funding for education drives creation of the annual operating budget,” said Councilmember Rice. “I am honored to be able to serve on a commission that will not only examine how much funding is needed to make Maryland one of the nation’s top states in education, but also how that funding can most effectively be directed for maximum benefit of our students.” The commission must make recommendations in a number of areas ( Click here for more information)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL:  August 30, 2016 Press Release
U.S. EPA agrees to impose penalties for federal facilities that continue to use pavement sealants containing coal-tar.   In 2012, Montgomery County became first county in Maryland to approve ban on certain coal-tar products used to seal driveways and parking lots.
  ( Full Press Release)   Click here for measures taken by the EPA.

 Councilmember Craig Rice’s Bill 21-12 prohibits the use and sale of coal tar pavement products in Montgomery County. Coal tar is a known carcinogen commonly used to coat asphalt and concrete areas such as driveways and parking lots. ( See September 11, 2012 Press Release here)

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice serves as Chairman of COG’s Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee. We sat down with Chairman Rice to discuss his career in public service, and to hear how his committee is working to protect one of the region’s most important resources...Clean Water Matters!

Councilmember Rice's comments on Council's FY17 budget agreement

Councilmember Craig Rice, Chair of the Education Committee on Council's FY17 "Education First Budget" agreement.

Councilmember Rice's Press Release On the Montgomery County Council’s FY17 Budget

As Chair of the Education Committee, I’m proud this year’s budget reflects a prodigious shift in not only the way we shaped it but the close collaboration with our education partners in doing so. The FY17 Budget was able to achieve putting education first, providing the resources needed for Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College to address the prevailing needs of lowering class size and closing the achievement gap. At the beginning of this year, I hosted, along with MCPS Interim Superintendent Bowers and Montgomery College President Dr. Pollard five Education Budget Forums held throughout the county. These forums reinforced what we knew was important to our county and its’ residents: reducing class size, addressing the achievement gap and contending with our school capacity issues. Read More...

Proclamation for Students Who Won Award for Designing App to Help Autistic Children ( video) With AutBuddy, Collaborative Learning is Re-imagined

AutBuddy Proclamation

Six students from three Montgomery middle schools got together through the Adventures in Science organization and ending up designing the app “AutBuddy,” which will help children with autism complete their schoolwork and daily tasks by utilizing customized rewards to help them stay focused.
Their app won the “Best in State Award” in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and went on to win national recognition.
On March 1, the students were recognized by the Montgomery County Council for their achievements. At the ceremonies: Raiyan Rizwan, Madhuri Kola, Councilmember Craig Rice, Neha Chandra, Eashana Subramanian, Ojas Jagtap and Saahith Tupakula.

Black History Month 2016 Theme "Hallowed Grounds"

Black History Month

Civic and Human Rights leaders of Montgomery County were present on Feb. 23 as the County Council recognized Black History Month. At the event were, left to right: Vernon and Janet Ricks, Arlee Wallace, Councilmember Craig Rice, Odessa Shannon, Director of the Office of Human Rights James Stowe, Ruby Rubens, Warren Fleming, Cherri Branson, Pat Grant and Julian Norment.

No Boundaries..

“No Boundaries” features local leaders in an open exchange of perspectives, concerns and ideas. Currently playing is a conversation between Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice (District 2) and Maryland Senate President Mike Miller.)

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