Everywhere you look, there’s been some important schools news:

1. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr developed a plan to pay some Rock Terrace School students who participated in work-study programs.

2. A Briggs Chaney Middle School teacher was arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree assault.

3. The Washington Post reported that Montgomery school board members voted to support efforts to cancel the Maryland School Assessments this spring.

4. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s capital budget includes heavy focus on schools.

5. Montgomery County Public Schools will need to conduct six emergency drills next year, compared to four drills the school system has required for at least a decade.

6. At the first of two hearings on MCPS’ operating budget, speakers said schools need more staff.

7. Thirty-five Montgomery teachers achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2013.

8. Northwest High School seniors presented their research projects, including one looking at the underground distribution of stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

9. If you thought Montgomery County should have closed schools because of last week’s bitter cold, here’s a contrary opinion from Fairfax County printed in Sunday’s Washington Post.

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