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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...

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.


An update on construction of the Premium Outlets in Clarksburg - Scheduled to Open for Business October 26, 2016

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!

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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