Questions sent to Janette Gilman, President, Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA), in advance of the meeting of February 28, 2013
1. How does the MCCPTA define “full funding” for MCPS? What would you consider the “floor” for the MCPS budget?
2. What is MCCPTA’s role in determining the MCPS budget? Is there a tripartite budget committee (MCPS – Unions- MCCPTA) that negotiates and approves the budget prior to its release? Have there been any instances where the MCCPTA did not agree with the MCPS and Union proposals or are you in lock step with them?
3. There are no targets in either the MCPS budget or the MCPS strategic plan for reducing the achievement gap? Does the MCCPTA support an “equity” budget where funding allocations would favor those schools that have disproportionately high African-American, Hispanic and FARMS concentrations with relatively low performance outcomes? How confident is the MCCPTA that the placement of teachers is strategically determined? What is the MCCPTA position on allocating our most highly-paid, senior and most experienced teachers to red zone schools where the achievement gap is most pronounced?
4. What is the MCCPTA position on sharing administrative services with the Montgomery County Government – services such as procurement, IT, human resources, etc.? Are you confident that the costs related to these duplicative administrative entities are justified and are not stealing resources from the classroom?
5. Montgomery County has acquired a reputation for the quality of its public schools. What does the MCCPTA consider the top 3 performance indicators for the success of its students? How do these indicators compare with Howard and Fairfax counties?