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About the Board of Education

Mission of the Board of Education

The Montgomery County Board of Education provides leadership and oversight for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) by setting goals, establishing policies, and committing resources to benefit our diverse student population. The Board’s work is guided by its vision, mission, core purpose, and core values, as outlined in the MCPS Strategic Planning Framework: Building Our Future Together.

To carry out its duties, the Board usually meets twice each month, convening for one all-day meeting and one evening meeting. Other meetings are held to hear appeals; review and act on budgets and facilities; preside over public hearings; meet with other elected officials and public bodies; host community forums; meet regularly with stakeholders; and hold local, state, and national association meetings.

In addition, the Board consists of the following committees, which meet regularly to review issues and make recommendations for adoption by the full Board: Fiscal Management; Communications and Public Engagement; Policy; Strategic Planning; and the Committee on Special Populations.

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Operations Handbook

A useful tool for members of the Board, staff, residents and students regarding the manner by which the Board typically operates and carries out the authority delegated to it by law.

Policies and Regulations

The Board sets policies and regulations to benefit our diverse student population. The Board’s work is guided by its academic priorities, as outlined in the MCPS Strategic Plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence.

Legislative Priorities

Each year the Board sets out a legislative priorities in response to bills before the Maryland General Assembly and in keeping with the priorities, vision and goals the Board has set out for the school system.