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COUNCIL MEMBER CONTACT INFO
Advocacy in Action! 1/10/18 BOE Budget Hearings
MCCPTA 2018 Voter Guide Questionnaire
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
MCCPTA advocates for parents, students, staff, and schools within MCPS, before the Board of Education, the Montgomery County Council, and at the Maryland state and Federal level. Our local PT(S)As provide input and determine MCCPTA positions through a range of activities year round.
Annual MCCPTA Summer Area Meetings canvas the priorities and concerns of PT(S)As and parents throughout the county. These meetings are organized by the MCCPTA officers in conjunction with area vice presidents.
Each PT(S)A president or his/her designee, up to two additional delegates from each local PT(S)A, and MCCPTA Board of Directors members, are members of the MCCPTA Delegates Assembly. This body meets each month during the school year to propose, debate, and determine countywide PTA positions on a range of issues through MCCPTA resolutions.
PTA members are encouraged to advocate on education issues of concern at the county, state, and federal level by responding to MCCPTA and Maryland PTA legislative "Action Alerts"; these may include sending an email, signing a petition, or attending or hosting a parlor meeting.
Local PT(S)As actively participate with their cluster schools under the auspices of their MCCPTA Cluster Coordinator to compose testimony on capital improvement and operating budget issues--and other issues as may arise--to be presented at hearings before the Board of Education and County Council. ALL parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend these hearings to show your support for our schools, students, and staff!
PROPOSED 2017-18 MCCPTA ADVOCACY PRIORITIES
To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities
to advocate for all children, MCCPTA’s advocacy priorities for 2017-18 are:
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 within MCPS, before the Board of Education, the Montgomery County Council, and at the Maryland state and Federal level.