Public Schools

Accountability in Education Act: MCTL View

  Testimony sent to the Senate Education, Health and Environment Affairs Committee SB 302 – Accountability in Education Act of 2018 February 8, 2018 The Montgomery County Taxpayers League supports SB 302 – but with major reservations. The premise of the bill makes eminent good sense – the establishment of an Investigator General (IG) at…

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“Setting the Record Straight on MCPS Funding”

From Seventh State, Oct. October 13, 2017, a letter to the editor from Nancy Floreen, a member of the Montgomery County Council: “Were the preceding seven years really a period of “austerity” for MCPS and “lavish” times for others?  Consider the facts…. “2. During the worst years of the recession, FY09-12, only two agencies –…

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County, Schools Arrive At Plan For Fully Funding Schools’ Budget

From BethesdaBeat.com May 15, 2017: “The Montgomery County Council agreed to supply the county’s public schools with $1.663 billion during fiscal 2018, enough when combined with state and federal aid to cover the $2.522 billion spending plan backed by the school board….The $1.663 billion funding level suggested by the county executive is about $19 million…

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Notes from the meeting of March 22, 2017

Topic: “The FY 2018 Montgomery County Budget and what it means for County Residents” Speaker:   Jennifer Hughes, Director Office of Management and Budget, Montgomery County Wed., March 22, 2017  –  7:00 – 9:00 pm Council Office Bldg. (3rd Fl. Conf. Rm.), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 Free and open to the public Here are…

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“Will the Montgomery County delegation fight for us?”

From “The Seventh State“: “In 2010, almost all MoCo state legislators promised to oppose a shift in their election campaigns.  But just two years later, Governor Martin O’Malley proposed a partial pension funding shift, backed by both the Speaker and the Senate President, and most MoCo lawmakers voted to support it.  The cost of the…

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Questions for the meeting of December 14, 2016

Topic: “The FY 2018 Proposed Budget for the Montgomery County Public Schools” Speaker:   Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools Dec. 14, 2016 — Free and open to the public — 6-7:30 pm. —  Rockville Public Library   The following questions have been sent to Dr. Smith in advance of the meeting 1.  What…

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Questions for the of meeting of November 16, 2016

Free and open to the public Topic: “What Factors will Shape the FY 2018 County Budget?” Speaker: Steve Farber, Council Administrator, Montgomery County Council Questions sent to the speakers in advance of the MCTL meeting of November 16, 2016 1.  Will the results of the national elections affect the projections for FY 2018 revenue and…

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“School Board Candidates Face Off on Budget Issues”

From Bethesda Beat September 29, 2016: “School board candidates focused on funding for Montgomery County Public Schools and how to improve the annual budget process during a forum Wednesday night at Kennedy High School in Silver Spring.” As always we invite your comments

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“Is Maryland building ‘Cadillacs or Buicks’ for its new public schools?”

From the Maryland Reporter website of July 7, 2016: “In a heated discussion with the head of the [state] school construction program, Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot aired serious concerns about the state’s spending on public school projects at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting.  “We can’t just keep shoveling more and more…

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“Biggest tax hike since 2009 is now official in Montgomery County”

From the Washington Post of May 26, 2016: “The Montgomery County Council gave final approval Thursday to a $5.3 billion budget that includes the biggest property-tax hike in seven years, trims pay raises the county had promised to unionized workers and pours record funding into the school system….The budget, which takes effect July 1, includes a…

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