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MCPS Neighbor to Neighbor

Toolkit on the MCPS Operating Budget



Gather a group and choose a location

Everyone is invited to host a Neighbor to Neighbor discussion. It can take place during a PTA meeting; a brown bag lunch at a local business or non-profit; or in the home of a neighbor or family member The group size is up to the host, but make sure everyone has a chance to participate.

Choose a location that, preferably, has internet access so those in attendance can view the budget charts, documents and video that are part of this toolkit. If an internet-ready site isn’t available, print the charts and documents in advance and make copies. If you need an off-line copy of the video, just email



Watch the video and review documents

This video will give you a broad overview of the MCPS operating budget process, where the money comes from and how it is spent. This video, combined with the Budget Charts and Budget Documents below should provide a foundation for your discussion. If you have other budget-related questions, email and we will try to get you an answer as quickly as possible.


Video Script Transcriptions: English | español | 中文 | français | Việt Nam | 한국어 | amharic 




Have your conversation

It’s time to begin your discussion. Below are a few questions to get the conversation started but this N2N conversation should focus on the areas of the budget that matter most to you and those in your group. Make sure to appoint a discussion leader and a note taker, and take a few pictures of your discussion to share with the MCPS community.

Conversation starter questions:  

  • What programs and resources are helping MCPS achieve its goals and meet the needs of students?
  • From what areas should MCPS reallocate existing resources to ensure we are meeting the needs of our schools and students?
  • With limited funding, where should MCPS invest additional resources?


Share your thoughts

Please email your notes and any pictures you want to share to do not have to provide the names of everyone in your group, but the name and contact information for the host would be helpful. Please do not mention the names of specific children in your notes.

All notes will be shared with the Board of Education and the Superintendent as they prepare their budget recommendation for next school year. Pictures may be posted on the Neighbor to Neighbor website and other MCPS resources.


If you have a question about Neighbor to Neighbor, call the Department of Public Information and Web Services at (301) 279-3853 or email