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Montgomery County Board of Education


Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget Update

June 2, 2017

Dear MCPS Community: The Montgomery County Council voted to fully fund the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018. In alignment with the recommendation by County Executive Isiah Leggett, the $2.52 billion investment in our schools and students represents the critical resources needed to fund the same level of services for […]


A Letter to Governor Hogan Asking For Reexamination of School Calendar Executive Order

March 16, 2017

You can also read the letter here The Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. Governor The State ofMaryland 100 State Circle Annapolis, Maryland  2I40I-I925 Dear Governor Hogan: On behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Education, I am writing to share our perspective on your Executive Order stipulating the start and end of the school year […]


A Message from the Board of Education: Safe and Welcoming Schools for All Students

January 10, 2017

Dear MCPS Families: Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for every MCPS student to learn. Montgomery County has experienced an increase in hate-based incidents in the community in recent months, including some that have affected our schools. […]

Patricia O'Neill

The Language of Equity and Excellence

January 3, 2017

By Patricia O’Neill Chair— Policy Management Committee, Montgomery County Board of Education Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a longstanding commitment to the principles of equity and excellence in education. These principles are embedded in our school system’s mission and are expected to permeate all aspects of our work—from our board room to the classroom. […]


The Decision Around School Calendars Should Remain Local

August 31, 2016

This afternoon Governor Larry Hogan, alongside Comptroller Peter Franchot, announced and signed an executive order that mandates all Maryland public schools start after Labor Day, conclude by June 15, and include 180 days of instruction. While the Montgomery County Board of Education certainly appreciates the Governor and Comptroller’s interest in supporting beach communities on the Eastern Shore, we strongly oppose any attempt to usurp local decision making around school calendars. Prohibiting schools from starting before Labor Day ignores critical issues faced by schools and the potential negative instructional impact on students. Determining the school calendar is complicated and requires balancing educational requirements, operational issues, and unique community needs all in the interest of students. As a key stakeholder and the largest school district in the state, we are disappointed that the Governor and Comptroller did not include us in their dialogue on this issue.


Supporting the Families of the Flower Branch Apartments Tragedy

August 18, 2016

By Michael A. Durso and Jack R. Smith As you all are likely aware, our community experienced a terrible tragedy last week when a horrific fire and explosion led to a building collapse at the Flower Branch Apartments on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring. More than 100 people have been affected, including many Montgomery […]