Montgomery County officials announce rent cap, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of residents

By Deborah Bailey, AFRO Contributing Editor, Montgomery County now joins D.C. and Prince George’s County in passing legislation to cap rapidly rising rental prices across the region. In late July, the Montgomery (MoCo) County Council, passed a permanent 6 percent rent cap during a grueling eight hour session. Thirty five percent of the county’s


What teacher turnover means for the upcoming school year

By Maya Pottiger, Word in Black For many educators, the 2022-2023 school year was harder than the pandemic years.  Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, recalled a recent conversation with a principal describing the challenges.  “Every time there’s a shortage in your school, it has a ripple effect,” El-Mekki