Archive for October 2012

“Montgomery schools need to limit spending”

From the Washington Post of October 18, 2012: “In effect, Mr. Starr [Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools], who oversees the system’s $2 billion budget, has elected to cut staffing levels, even as enrollment continues to climb, in order to boost pay for remaining teachers.  The question isn’t whether teachers deserve higher salaries; they do. …

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Questions sent to Ben Kramer in advance of the meeting of October 18, 2012:

Questions sent to Ben Kramer in advance of the meeting of  October 18, 2012: 1.   It has been claimed that the expansion of casino gambling will generate $199 million annually in funding for Maryland schools.  However, a study by the Maryland Public Policy Institute disputes this claim and says that 45 percent of this revenue…

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President Fidler Quoted in Gazette

The Montgomery edition of the Gazette of Oct. 17, 2012, quoted MCTL President Joan Fidler in regard to the gas tax proposed by Council President Roger Berliner:  Asking for a local tax authority is playing into the state’s hand, said Joan Fidler of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. “It is a clear ‘set up’ as…

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President Fidler’s Letter in the Gazette

A letter from MCTL President Joan Fidler appeared in the Montgomery edition of the Gazette of  Oct. 17, 2012.  It urged support for ballot Question B, the “Effects Bargaining” question. 

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Teachers’ pay raises? Or smaller class sizes? Your choice.

According to the report “Fiscal Planning and the New Maintenance of Effort Law” released October 16, 2012, by the county’s Office of Legislative Oversight, the Board of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) eliminated 518 classroom positions during FY2011 and FY2012, thereby saving $31.2 million.  But for FY2013 the Board had $47 million available for…

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