Thursday, December 6, 2012
OpenMontgomery website gives residents and businesses unprecedented access to nearly all aspects of county government. Watch it operate in our video.
Seventeen years after establishing its presence on the Internet, Montgomery County has pushed to the forefront of digital governance in the 21st century with the launch of a four-platform website that officials say redefines how county government will interact with constituents. The launch of OpenMontgomery on Wednesday was coupled with landmark legislation that the County Council passed the day before, laying out a "digital roadmap" that will eventually give residents and businesses nearly unfettered access to online services and shared data, county officials said. "This really is the future," said County Councilman Hans Riemer, who helped spearhead the initiative. OpenMontgomery is divided into four portals: accessMontgomery …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
What questions do you have for the county executive?
Montgomery County’s virtual town hall meetings kick off again on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. For an hour, County Executive Isiah Leggett will answer questions through a live chat online. To participate in the question and answer session, residents should enter questions before or during the hour-long chat online here. What questions do you have for Leggett? Will you participate in the discussion?
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
How well is Montgomery County addressing the needs of its at-risk student population?
A report released last Tuesday by Montgomery County's Office of Legislative Oversight suggests that Montgomery County could be doing more to help its at-risk youth. An average of 1,200 students, or 2.5 percent of enrollment, drop out of Montgomery County schools each year according to the report. But, despite the costs associated with prevention and recovery of dropout students in Montgomery County, there is no method to evaluate the success of the county's alternative education programs, such as how well students do if they return to their high school, whether they graduate, or whether they are prepared for college or work once they leave MCPS. Average dropout rates for high schools ranged from 0.4 percent at Winston Churchill High …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Just how well did Maryland rank compared to neighboring states in the nation?
Maryland ranks 40 out of 50 states when it comes to open government and anti-corruption laws and practices, according to a report released today by the State Integrity Investigation project. The state, with it's grade of 61 percent, performed better than Nevada, Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia, according to the report released by a group that includes The Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International. Four states— New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California, and Nebraska—received a grade of B. Overall, however, the group wrote there were no winners in its study. The organization graded the Maryland and 49 other states on 14 different categories…