Maryland: School leaders and parents outraged over Montgomery County’s closure of nonpublic schools

Washington Examiner: Casting aside the standards of the Centers for Disease Control and Maryland health officials, County Executive Marc Elrich and his health officer, Travis Gayles, on Friday night announced they would bar nonpublic schools from opening in the fall for in-person instruction.

On Saturday, after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan publicly expressed his disagreement with Elrich’s and Gayles’s decision, county officials privately tried to convince Hogan that the nonpublic schools were fine with the government barring their doors.

That’s not true.

“This decision was a real sucker punch,” said Robert Gold, the co-founder and executive director of the Feynman School. “We were really trying hard to make a plan this year to keep everybody safe,” he told me Saturday evening. The school consulted with experts, including a National Institutes of Health scientist, and Gold said one mom, a pediatrician, said “absolutely no qualms.” more here

22 Comments on Maryland: School leaders and parents outraged over Montgomery County’s closure of nonpublic schools

  1. If the police were not willing participants in enforcing this they could never get away with it. They need the Brownshirts in place to make their dream possible.

  2. Open them up and make the county arrest the administrators. I know the msm won’t cover it, but the video would speak volumes, and it will get out, one way or another.

  3. And the public schools will be open? Is that what’s being done?

    Isn’t everyone getting a little tired of saying ‘that’s not fair!’

    Either lets do something about it or just go ahead and become their fucking slaves and quit whining.

  4. Peoples Republic of Montgomery County
    Dan Bongino covered this today on his podcast.
    I grew up there. My family has history there since the Revolutionary war times. We left when the rich, crazy people forced us out. It is truly the most insane place in the world.
    Its loaded with extremely wealthy people with no common sense. I have no idea how they gained their wealth unless they inherited or stole it.
    Remember Chistine Blasey Ford grew up there.

  5. @Jethro — Your Monkey County roots are clearly deeper than mine, but I lived there for a number of years. A branch of my father’s family ended up in Darnestown and there’s a road there named for my somewhat distant relative. Same last name as mine, duh.

    I’ve lived in Montgomery and Prince Georges adjacent to DC, and also for quite a while in Caroline County near Denton on the Eastern Shore. And to kick it all off, I was born in Anne Arundel County when my father was teaching at the Naval Academy, so I’m a native crab.

    Good golly, I’m glad I left Maryland in 1997. I’d hate to live there now.

    We could probably trade some good stories…

  6. @Uncle Al – last name “Esthwory”? “Pennifeld”?
    Darnestown? You mean “North Potomac” don’t you?
    I almost died in a motorcycle accident on Turkey Foot Rd.

  7. lived in Ma’honkey County back in my Elementary School days (late ’50’s, early ’60’s). my Old Man was a Ma’honkey County motorcycle cop for 12 years … long story short … family split up & I went back to Prince Georges, where I was born, & lived out my ‘formative’ years, until I saw the direction PG was going & fled to the countryside back in the early ’90’s. got a few of my folks buried just south of Rockville.

    worked in PG, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Howard, Baltimore Co. & Baltimore (w/ a few jobs in Harford, Frederick, Charles) & NoVa my whole working life

    My mom’s crew fled from Mongomery to North Cakalacky about 10 years ago (& are starting to regret it, as they live just south of the Raleigh/Durham area)

    MerryLarryland is now nothing more than a bedroom-community for the federal government & their taxpayer-funded engineering & consultant contractors
    (although the Eastern Shore has kept it’s autonomy, but the western area (beautiful country & people, btw) have been swallowed up by gerrymandering d’rats from Montgomery

  8. @Uncle Al
    I road through Denton many, many times on the way to OC. Waited at the draw bridge for hours…
    We used to stop at the rest area on rt 404 at Watts Creek just east of town.

  9. @MJA ~ by the way, thank you for displaying the MerryLarryland state flag properly

    you’d be surprised how many people, in the state!!!, display it upside down … including schools, government buildings, police departments

    (it’s a peeve of mine)

  10. @Jethro ~ lol … mine too, apparently
    went to Takoma Elementary, Lone Oak Elementary (gone), Wheaton Woods Elementary & Harmony Hills Elementary in Aspen Hill. Grandparents & In-Laws buried at Parklawn outside of Twinbrook.

    actually been on Turkey Foot Rd. many times … I could see how someone could dump a bike there (or get cut off rounding a curve)

    worked at the Potomac Water Plant on River Road & serviced the various water & wastewater pumping stations in the area (did all the upgrades on every stations level controls). Seneca Dam, Seneca Treatment Plant. Did the electrical remodel on Poolesville Elementary School. Mach I office building across from White Flint Mall. the GEICO building on 270 … dang, there were so many jobs in Montgomery back in the ’70’s to … now

    … lotta good times, but wouldn’t want to be there now … Rockville to Wheaton is an MS13 shithole. the Gaithersburg area is so completely foreign even the asians are moving out

    remember Hank Dietles? (sp?) … the Cider Barrel? … what was the name of that restaurant, near the Frederick county line, w/ the peacocks?

  11. @Jethro:

    @Uncle Al – last name “Esthwory”? “Pennifeld”?

    You’re close, Jethro.

    Clue: An auto mechanic nicknamed “Ace”.

    I lived for some years between Denton and Greensboro in a little house on the Choptank River. I had about 150′ of that riverbank and was always astounded at what must have been the fastest damned bass in the U.S.A. given how fast those sparkly bass boats had to run to catch ’em.

    edit: If you recogniced “Ace” please don’t write his last name here. I have no specific reason to remain incognito but it just seems prudent. Thanks!

  12. I was in MD for 41 years. Born in Vaginga, raised in Golden Beach, MD. My parents moved to Calvert in 1983. I gradjumacated from Calvert in 1994.

    Then I spent 9 years in Bell Atlantic, from Ball-mer to Pax River NAS, to DC. I lived in the CRE, then Waldorf. Then I spent 12 more years at ABC in DC.


    Hank Deitles burned down a few years ago. They are rebuilding it.
    Cider Barrel – gone…
    Belby’s is still on Rockville Pike.
    How about the Happly Pickle in Potomac?
    Remember Angler’s Inn? That was my great uncles general store!

  14. @@Μολων Λαβε — I’m sure you know the history of the Maryland flag, but not many others do.

    The design comes from the coat of arms of Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore in the mid 17th century. But during the U.S. War Against Self-Determination (a/k/a the “Civil War”), the many Marylanders who fought with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia adopted the red-and-white lobed cross, or the Crossland Banner, as their symbol. The Marylanders who fought for the Union adopted the black-and-yellow design, or Calvert’s Banner, for their symbol.

    After the hostilities ended and survivors from both sides of the conflict returned home, somebody combined the two into a single flag, much simpler than Calvert’s coat of arms, as a symbol of reconciliation. (You’ll find many in that state who don’t think it worked very well.) It wasn’t adopted as the state flag until 190?, mayby 1904 but I’m not sure of that last digit.

    Although a bit garish, IMO it is the most instantly recognizable state flag, easily identified from any distance, and I like it for its distinctiveness.

  15. Al, I hadn’t heard the Civil War described as the “U.S. War Against Self-Determination” before. That’s an interesting title for that perspective. Now I’m not being critical or judgemental with this question, but do you think we should have allowed secession and divide the country into at least 2 nations? I understand and support self determination, and I also see the value of a strong Union. Tough decisions back then. We might be coming up to a time of tough decisions now as well.

  16. @joe6pak — Tough, indeed.

    From a philosophy of government perspective, a civil war is a conflict between two factions fighting for control over a single political entity, a country. That wasn’t what happened here in the conflict of 1861-65. We had one faction, the South, that wanted to establish itself as an independent state and was not trying to gain control of the other faction, the North. In that sense, we didn’t have a civil war.

    After gaining independence, and while the former colonies’ representatives were hammering out “improvements” on the Articles of Confederation (I use the quotation marks because the original compact wasn’t modified as was promised, but scrapped and replaced by the Constitution), there was some discussion about what a State could do if it didn’t like the way things were going. There was little debate over whether or not any State could secede: most thought, “Of course it can!” And note that when Texas joined the union, it uniquely demanded, and got, an explicit agreement that it could leave if it decided to.

    I call it the War Against Self-Determination because it was in essence the North fighting the South to keep it from seceding. And setting up its own slavery-supporting independent nation.

    Yes, a big part of the conflict was over slavery but that was a dying institution and would very likely have disappeared anyway without the loss of many hundreds of thousands of American lives. Of course, those who were enslaved had every human right to be DE-enslaved RIGHT DAMNED NOW, and any delay was unacceptable. That’s for sure how I would have felt had I been in chains.

    And that’s why it’s tough to make the call.

  17. Yup, tough decisions is right. I’ve always wished my family had been here since the colonial years. Mine didn’t get here till the potatoes went to hell in Ireland. Whether your family was Northerner or Southerner it would give you a different perspective.


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