Education digest: Student elected to Montgomery board; Walton donations

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Poolesville student elected to board

Poolesville High School junior Justin Kim will be the next student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education.

Kim won an election to become the 36th student member of the board after beating out Andrew Zhang of Richard Montgomery High School. Kim won about 65 percent of the votes from the more than 65,000 secondary students who cast ballots. Kim will replace Northwest High School senior John Mannes.

The student member of the board of education serves with seven adult members. The student member has an equal vote on most policy issues, except for matters involving boundary changes, the capital and operating budgets, labor contracts, school closings and negative personnel issues.

Kim will receive a $5,000 scholarship, student service-learning hours and school credit. His term starts July 1.

Lynh Bui

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Walton donations focus on reform

The Walton Family Foundation is giving $8 million to Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst to add to the scores of millions of dollars it hands out each year to support the family’s public education reform agenda.

The foundation says that in 2012, it handed out more than $158 million in funding for K-12 education reform initiatives focused on expanding charter schools and voucher programs.

The big 2012 winners include:

●Charter Fund Inc. — $14,900,000

●Teach For America (National) — $11,445,000

●KIPP Foundation — $8,374,000

●D.C. Public Education Fund — $5,919,229.

Valerie Strauss

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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