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For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Councilmember Craig Rice named to commission that will review MD education funding

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 Public Schools (MCPS) students go back to class on Aug. 29th! County Councilmember Craig Rice chairs the Council’s Education Committee, and he has recently met with Superintendent Jack Smith about the upcoming school year. During a recent interview at Northwest High School, Rice said one of the topics that the two local leaders discussed was the need to improve work force development programs at local high schools.


CRAIG RICE ON REPORTED BULLYING OF MUSLIM STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS (VIDEO) Surveys by the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and the International Cultural Center (ICC) in Montgomery Village show that that national and international events like the tragic Orlando shooting are having an impact on students, according to a report by

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!

Recognizing  CHESAPEAKE BAY AWARENESS WEEK ( Video) June 4-12, 2016

“CHESAPEAKE BAY AWARENESS WEEK . . . The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett on June 14 jointly recognized the Washington Council of Government’s celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. The County is nationally recognized for its stormwater management practices—including use of rain gardens, a focus on green streets and stream restoration projects—that help protect the Bay. At the ceremonies in Rockville, left to right, were: Lisa Feldt, director of the County’s Department of Environmental Protection; Councilmember Craig Rice; and Kit Gage, president of Friends of Sligo Creek, and her granddaughter, Kia.”

The Rice Report

In this special edition, Councilmember Rice talks about the Fiscal Year 2017 budget approved by the Council.

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...


An update on construction of the Premium Outlets in Clarksburg - Scheduled to Open for Business October 27, 2016

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

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, 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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