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2017 Legislative Platform
The Maryland State Board of Education establishes, through regulations, broad statewide policies and mandates, with local boards of education responsible for establishing policies and procedures for the public schools within their jurisdiction. By retaining decision-making authority at the local level, a board of education can best balance educational practices, by using available resources, appropriate public input, and measures of accountability. Such authority includes, but is not limited to, school calendars, curriculum, testing, staffing, and procurement issues.
The Montgomery County Board of Education opposes executive, legislative, and agency actions and proposals which would reduce or circumscribe local board authority, or create unfunded mandates.
Investing in our Children’s Future
The Montgomery County Board of Education believes that today’s investments in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are crucial to a prosperous economy, strong business growth, and students’ ability to compete for good jobs in a global, high-tech economy. School systems must be adequately funded to prepare our youth to support future economic health. We urge the entire Maryland General Assembly to remain vigilant against the potential negative impacts of unfunded mandates. These include significant additional workload burdens with no accompanying source of revenue as well as unintended consequences of well-intentioned legislation. We look forward to a successful 2017 Legislative Session in which children’s welfare continues to be paramount.