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After more than a year of uncertainty at the helm, Montgomery County public schools opens its 2016-2017 academic year with a new leader. On July 1, former Maryland academic officer Jack Smith took over the 159,000-student system with a primary focus on narrowing the county’s widening achievement gap. Smith’s full plate also includes addressing overcrowding -– the district is growing by about 2,500 students per year -– and disciplinary issues prompted by controversy over underage drinking. Kojo sits down with Smith to talk about the challenges ahead in Maryland’s largest school district.
- Jack Smith Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools
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