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Montgomery County Board of Education


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 […]


Investing to Reduce Class Size and Close the Achievement Gap

May 25, 2016

  By Michael A. Durso and Larry A. Bowers The Montgomery County Council’s tentative approval of the Montgomery County Public Schools operating budget for next year provides $37.9 million of additional funding that will allow us to reduce class sizes in many classrooms across the district and accelerate our efforts to close the achievement gap. […]


Council Passes Creative Solution to Help Solve our Construction Funding Shortfall

May 18, 2016

By Michael A. Durso and Larry A. Bowers In a unanimous vote today, the County Council approved an additional funding source for our Capital Improvements Program that will allow Montgomery County Public Schools to move forward with plans to create the classroom space needed for our increased enrollment.  It also will allow us to revitalize […]


Options for Relocating the Shady Grove Transportation Depot

April 28, 2016

Options for Relocating the Shady Grove Transportation Depot April 28, 2016 Recently, as a result of the need to vacate the Shady Grove Transportation Depot at the request of the Montgomery County Government, an interim solution identified the parking lot at the Carver Educational Services Center on Route 355 and Mannakee Street in Rockville as […]


Legislative Session Summary

April 19, 2016

When the 2016 regular session of the Maryland General Assembly came to a close at midnight on April 11, 2015, a total of 2,817 bills had been introduced, of which 834 were successful. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, total state aid for primary and secondary education will increase by $190.5 to $6.4 billion, a total increase […]


Statement from Board of Education President Michael Durso and Interim Superintendent of Schools Larry Bowers on County Executive Isiah Leggett’s FY 2017 Operating Budget Recommendation for MCPS

March 15, 2016

Rockville, MD – Montgomery County Board of Education President Michael Durso and Interim Superintendent of Schools Larry Bowers released the following statement today concerning the publication of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommended Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS): “We appreciate that County Executive Isiah Leggett has recommended a substantial investment […]