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Decision On Charter Schools Today In Montgomery County

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Board members have two charter school proposals to consider. One would build the Community Montessori Public Charter School, a pre-kindergarten through third grade school in Kensington with a focus on social services. The other would construct a K-8 school in Germantown with a focus on environmental studies.

Former Mongtomery County schools superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast recommended the board approve the Kensington plan before he retired last week.

Opposition to charter schools in Montgomery County has been very strong despite their prevalence in neighboring counties and the District. A primary reason for that is the high national rankings typically bestowed upon the county's traditional public schools.

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