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74 Years of Putting Children FIRST
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Who's My Council Member?
Speak UP and Take ACTION!
Roger Berliner - 240-777-7828 / Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
Marc Elrich - 240-777-7966 / Councilmember.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Floreen - 240-777-7959 / Councilmember.Floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov
Tom Hucker - 240-777-7960 / Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Sidney Katz - 240-777-7906 / Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
George Leventhal - 240-777-7811 / Councilmember.Leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Navarro - 240-777-7968 / Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Craig Rice 240-777-7955 / Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Hans Riemer - 240-777-7964 / Councilmember.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov
How Advocacy Works
2017-18 Advocacy Priorities
Summer Area Meetings canvas the priorities and concerns of PT(S)As and parents throughout the county. Feedback is used to develop new Advocacy Priorities every year (below).These meetings are organized by area and cluster leaders in conjunction with the MCCPTA Executive Committee.
The MCCPTA Delegates Assembly meets monthly during the school year to propose, debate, and determine countywide PTA positions on key issues. Each local PT(S)A can have up to three voting representatives: the president or his/her designee, and up to two delegates. These members, plus the MCCPTA Board of Directors, comprise the Delegates Assembly.
PTA members are encouraged to sign up for "Action Alerts" from MCCPTA, Maryland PTA and National PTA. Advocate by sending an email, calling elected officials, signing a petition, or attending or hosting a meeting. (Scroll down for contacts.)
Area Vice Presidents and Cluster Coordinators engage, coach and represent local PTA concerns on capital improvement and operating budget issues. They present testimony at hearings before the Board of Education and County Council. ALL parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in these hearings to show your support for our schools, students, and staff!
STATE FUNDING & POLICIES
The Maryland State Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) should produce strategic evidence-based policy priorities designed to ensure all Maryland students have the educational resources required to meet their potential, along with strategic funding recommendations to make the policy reality.
OPERATING AND CAPITAL FUNDING DUE TO ENROLLMENT
Increases in operating and capital funding should be made to address the needs created by MCPS’ growing enrollment, and increasingly diverse student population
FUNDING TO ACHIEVE EQUITY
Decisions about MCPS funding, programs, resources and staff should be based upon an assessment of the actual needs of each school and its student population, and not a vision of equity that says every school/student gets the same.
REVITALIZATION/EXPANSION PROJECTS (aka Rev/Ex)
MCPS should pursue robust communication with all communities as MCPS reforms decision-making processes associated with addressing the needs of our aging infrastructure.
ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Advanced academic options (e.g. AP, IB, etc.) should be made available to all eligible students, including through distance learning, to address the achievement/opportunity gap.
MCPS should expand mental health services, air/water testing, and school nutrition improvements.
MCPS should ensure adequate security staff, prompt/transparent reporting of incidents and ongoing transparent evaluation of the impacts of new disciplinary policies on safety/security.
Continued MCCPTA-MCPS partnership is required to ensure parents are aware of major policy, funding, or procedural changes. Information should be provided in parents’ native languages.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
MCPS should expand work in our school system to promote cultural sensitivity and tolerance. We applaud MCPS’ strong stand against hate speech and symbols on school property, and encourage the development of additional initiatives to make sure every student feels safe, respected, and valued for being exactly who they are.
MCCPTA advocates for parents, students, staff, and schools with MCPS, the Board of Education, Montgomery County Council, Maryland General Assembly.