66 Students Transfer

This year, 66 Montgomery County elementary students have taken advantage of a provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act by transferring from a school with low test scores.

Under the law, school systems must allow transfers -- and provide transportation -- for any student at a school that receives federal poverty funds but does not meet standardized testing targets two years in a row.

Montgomery County gave families from each school a choice of two schools with better test scores.

Twenty-seven children left Rosemont Elementary, 11 left Highland, 9 left Kemp Mill, 8 left Gaithersburg, 6 left Wheaton Woods, 3 left Weller Road and 2 left Harmony Hills.

Driver's Education

Driver's education classes are being offered this fall by Montgomery College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit. The classes, which will be taught at the college's Business Training Center in Gaithersburg, will meet twice a week for three hours, with driving sessions on weekends. The first series of classes begins Sept. 11, the second Oct. 30. The classes cost $385 for Maryland residents. Out-of-state residents must pay $160 more.

Prospective students must have a learner's permit. To register, call 301-279-5188. For more information about the classes, call Claudia Salas at 240-683-1868 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/cedeptrv.

Full-Day Kindergarten

More than half of Montgomery's 117 elementary schools now have full-day kindergarten. Seventeen schools added full-day kindergarten this year, bringing to 73 the number of schools with full-day kindergarten classes. With the addition of these classes, the system is on track to have full-day kindergarten classes in all elementary schools by the state deadline of fall 2007.