Teacher positions would be cut and class sizes would increase by one student per class next year if the county does not give the school system an additional $82 million requested by the superintendent, according to early Montgomery County Public Schools projections.
Superintendent of Schools Jerry D. Weast said Friday that without any of the additional money that the school system would receive under a state education funding law, some $48 million in personnel and program cuts would be likely, with the elimination of 650 positions from the $2.16 billion fiscal 2012 budget that Weast proposed Dec. 15.
Cutting 193 classroom teaching positions would account for $12.6 million of the $48 million in savings in his proposed budget. Other possible cuts include 117 positions that deal with academic intervention and staff development...
The coalition might be the best-known parent advocacy group in the region. Its members represent several constituencies, including parents of special education and gifted education students and fiscal watchdogs. The group's defining victory came this school year when the school system scaled back the fees charged to families for course materials.
Coalition leaders have drawn attention to the misuse of funds collected from students for activities, the broadcast of a commercial radio service on school buses and, with their "Weast Watch" blog, the travel habits of Weast and his lieutenants.
The Washington Post, June 4, 2009
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