FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2014
Contact: Dan Reed
One Montgomery announces candidate endorsements for 2014 primary elections in Montgomery County, Maryland.
One Montgomery endorses the following local candidates for the June 24th primary elections in Montgomery County:
- State Delegate, District 20: David Moon and Will Jawando
- County Council, At-Large: Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, and Hans Riemer (all incumbents)
- County Council, District 5: Evan Glass
- Board of Education, At-Large: Jill Ortman-Fouse
- Board of Education, District 1: Kristin Trible
- Board of Education, District 3: Laurie Halverson
- Board of Education, District 5: Michael Durso (incumbent)
Organized in 2013, One Montgomery is a grassroots organization of parents, teachers, and community members in Montgomery County that is dedicated to public school improvement as a means for creating a stronger community. The group seeks a school system committed to school equity, transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
A recent report on school performance by Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight shows that the achievement gap in county schools has grown in recent years, particularly within the Northeast and Downcounty consortia. Because geographical boundaries almost always determine school assignments, school quality is closely tied to neighborhood stability and the health of our local economy.
As a result, Montgomery County Public Schools needs to dedicate adequate staffing and programs for high-needs schools to ensure high-performing schools in all parts of the county. One Montgomery has produced a set of recommendations for ways MCPS can do that, using feedback from community workshops and education forums it has organized or participated in over the past year.
Candidates endorsed by One Montgomery have records of community and political activism that prove their commitment to closing the achievement gap. Legislative and council endorsements were made based on candidate questionnaires, interviews, and public statements. For school board endorsements, One Montgomery teamed with a Takoma Park education group to interview candidates.
For further information on One Montgomery, visit its website or Facebook page. Follow One Montgomery on Twitter @onemontschools, or join One Montgomery’s listserv. One Montgomery can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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