Montgomery Leaders Gather to Discuss Education Funding

As reported in the Bethesda Beat, Montgomery County leaders gathered at a Rockville elementary school Monday to talk about the need for more money dedicated to education.

Montgomery County is the largest school system in the state, and its local and state elected officials, and representatives of the school board are united in their aim of increasing the county’s education funding. As described in the article,

County Executive Ike Leggett again hinted at raising property taxes. State Sen. Nancy King (Dist. 39) promised a renewed fight in Annapolis for state funding during the next legislative session. The vice president of the countywide PTA organization suggested a bigger cut of casino revenue should be reserved for education.

County Executive Leggett, MACo’s President, stated,

“I brag constantly about our school system, but I cannot continue to hold that flag up unless we are prepared to provide the resources that we’ve talked about,” Leggett said.

The article also quotes Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, chair of MACo’s Education Committee,

Council Education Committee President Craig Rice worried the system may not be able to provide that level of education for much longer if not provided with enough state funding.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision in May not to release $17.8 million of education funding to Montgomery County roiled many in Annapolis, Rockville and the education field.

Rice said he urged Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford not to make the same move earlier this month at a conference of state elected leaders in Ocean City.

For more information, see the Bethesda Beat.