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Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Thursday, March 22, 2018, due to emergency weather conditions. Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:50 a.m. or earlier are canceled. Administrative offices will open on time. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled. MCPS will continue to monitor the roadways and, if school closure is necessary, an announcement will be made by 7:00 a.m.

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Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) abrirán dos horas más tarde el jueves, 22 de marzo de 2018 debido a las condiciones del tiempo. El servicio de autobús escolar será provisto con dos horas de retraso. Los programas de prekindergarten, los programas de Head Start en la mañana, otros programas de medio día durante horas de la mañana y excursiones escolares quedan canceladas. Actividades y programas que comienzan a las 10:50 a.m. o antes quedan canceladas. Las oficinas administrativas abrirán en horario regular. Los programas de cuidado infantil en los edificios escolares podrán abrir en horario regular. MCPS continuará monitoreando las condiciones en las carreteras y, de ser necesario un cierre escolar, se hará un anuncio a las 7:00 a.m.

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Please provide a five-year trend of actual and budgeted expenditures for supplies and materials broken down into: Textbooks, Media, Instructional Supplies, and Other by school level (elementary, middle and secondary). Has there been a decrease in the use of textbook funds in favor of expenditures on digital resources like e-books? What is MCPS vision for the future of classroom materials and the possible expansion of digital resources in the classrooms? What are the budget implications of this vision?

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Attached is a chart that provides the five-year trend of budget and actual expenditures for textbooks, media, instructional supplies, and other materials by school level. 

Currently, digital resources are purchased through K-12 textbook funds and funds budgeted in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.  There has not been a decrease in textbook funds in favor of digital resources, as the cost for these resources is the same and perhaps more than print materials. These digital resources also are not updated for free as is often assumed, and there is a cost for each new version. With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), MCPS is in a transition period where the digital content materials are not yet aligned to the state and national level curricular changes. There is not yet a set timeline for the complete transition to digital textbooks at the exclusion of printed texts.  There are a number of challenges that must be addressed to facilitate this transition over the next two years.  These include ensuring that digital textbooks and resources are usable and address the needs of students with vision and hearing impairments and for whom English is a second language.

MCPS makes every effort to purchase textbooks that have online versions and digital resources that can be used at home and in the classroom. The MCPS goal related to textbooks is to find resources that are aligned with the curriculum and CCSS; engage students in thinking about substantive, relevant content; are current; are developmentally appropriate; and are cost effective.

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