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Starr Appears on WTOP's 'Ask the Superintendent'

MCPS Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr joined school officials from Prince George's County, Fairfax County, Washington, DC, and Alexandria City to talk schools Tuesday morning.

It was quite the crowd Tuesday morning as officials from five Washington, DC-area school districts joined WTOP to discuss teacher shortage, citizenship and homework as part of the radio station's "Ask the Superintendent" show.

Among the officials was Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr, who was joined by Fairfax County School Superintendent Jack Dale, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Prince George's County School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs, according to the report. Alexandria City School Superintendent Morton Sherman joined the discussion via telephone.

Starr's comments on MCPS during the WTOP interview included:

  • Montgomery County hired 650 new teachers for this school year and reports few, if any vacancies.
  • Montgomery County Schools add about 2,500 students a year on average. He says the county "has no choice" but to keep up with growth. (Every school district has more students enrolled this year than the last.)

Also noted was that every Montgomery County school has a librarian.

To read the full report and topic discussions, visit WTOP.

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