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By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 8/1/2014, 8:15am  ET

Office building seen from Bethesda's

Branson Calls For MCPS To Have An Inspector General – Cherri Branson, the District 5 member of County Council filling out Valerie Ervin’s term, says the recent Board of Education credit card controversy proves MCPS needs an independent inspector general. Branson will not return next Council term after taking a caretaker role of Ervin’s Council seat after Ervin resigned. She wrote to the Washington Post editorial page that the Council and residents “have a right to independent confirmation of how the [MCPS] money is spent.” Spending on the school system accounts for more than half of Montgomery County’s budget. [Washington Post]

MCPS Give Backpacks Campaign – MCPS is raising money to buy backpacks filled with school supplies for low-income families that may struggle to afford them. Ten dollars will buy a student a need one backpack with school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. Recently, Bethesda’s Fraiche Cupcakery (10219 Old Georgetown Rd.) donated 50 percent of proceeds on all blueberry pancake cupcakes sold to the cause. [MCPS]

Advisory Board Looking To Fill Openings – The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is looking for two residential representatives to fill out the 19-member Board. The group weighs in on local services and issues in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, North Bethesda, Potomac and Rockville and regularly interacts with the county executive’s office and County Council. [Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center]