2020 | Schools

Top 20 education stories of 2020

School closings, reopening plans were prominent in news

In January, months before the coronavirus surfaced in Maryland, Bethesda Beat predicted 2020 would be a busy year in education news. We weren’t wrong.

But it wasn’t school calendar issues or even debates about school boundaries that dominated headlines.

Stories about school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and discussions about whether to reopen buildings dominated the list of most-read education stories of the year.

On March 12, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a statewide closure of all schools as fears about the spread of the coronavirus escalated. Montgomery County Public Schools’ buildings did not reopen in 2020, leaving more than 161,000 students taking classes via laptops from home.

Some private schools have reopened their buildings to welcome students back from in-person learning, and news about reported outbreaks among staff and students were among the most read.

The election for three seats on the Montgomery County Board of Education was closely followed, as was news about summer protests calling for racial justice.

The top 20 most-read Bethesda Beat education stories this year were: