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As Chair of the Education Committee, I’m always looking for ways to empower young people to get more involved in government. This year, I’m holding a contest for high school students. One lucky student will become “Councilmember for a day” and shadow me at the Montgomery County Council.

To be considered, all you have to do is submit a YouTube video (no longer than two minutes) or a written essay (no more than 500 words) answering one the following questions:

  • Why do you think Montgomery County is a great place to live and to get an education?
  • What public policy issues are important to you?
  • What can County Government do to get young people more interested in local issues?

Ten students will be selected as finalists based on the quality of their entries. These 10 students will receive proclamations at the Council, and one student will be selected as “Councilmember for a day.” I look forward to seeing your video or reading your essay.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016. To submit your entry go to Councilmember for a Day or scan the code provided on the flyer. For more information contact Sonya Healy or 240-777-7926.

Are You Up to the 5th Grade Challenge?

The fourth annual “Are You Up to the 5th Grade Challenge?” event was held on Monday, April 11 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring and featured four local celebrity contestants answering questions straight from the MCPS Grade 5 curriculum. The contestants won $10,900 in grants for local schools from the MCPS Educational Foundation, which sponsored the event.

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Chair, Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee

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!

The Rice Report

AN Update on the Fiscal Year 2017 Montgomery County Public Schools Education Budget...and more!

FY17 Education Budget Forum Power Point

Montgomery County - - A Tale of Two Budgets FY17: July 1st - June 30th

Proclamation Recognizing Montgomery College Professor Nevart Tahmazian | Winner of the Maryland Professor of the Year Award

“Nevart Tahmazian, a professor of chemistry at Montgomery College, has been named the 2016 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
"I believe the opportunities are endless to reach out to students, one by one, and make a difference in their lives," Tahmazian said. This is the ninth time in 12 years--and the seventh year in a row--that a Montgomery College professor has been named Maryland Professor of the Year.

Highlights from the 2ND Annual Education Budget Forum Montgomery College (Germantown Campus) On February 17, 2016

Here are some highlights from our 2nd Annual Education Budget Forum 2016 kickoff meeting at Montgomery College (Germantown Campus). Please come out and join us at any of the remaining meetings. (See the Education Budget Forum flyer below for meeting details)

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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