Meanwhile, today at least
We don't know how many Board of Education members attended the conference in total. [Update: Laura Berthiaume, Shirley Brandman and Chris Barclay are at Boston Convention. That's the equivalent of buying 36 Electric Guitars for students.]
[Update: Superintendent Starr is also at the Boston Convention. That's 12 more Electric Guitars!]
[Update: Event the Student Member of the Board of Education is in Boston! 12 more Electric Guitars.
But for the
It's a choice.
And the people that sit at the secret MCPS Operating Budget table have chosen conferences over classrooms.
That includes the MCEA - the teachers' union - because they are equal partners in the preparation of the MCPS Operating Budget.
Teachers, why do you chose conferences over classrooms?
From MCPS Bulletin:"The proposed FY 2011 budget was developed in full partnership with our three employee associations—MCAAP/MCBOA, MCEA and SEIU Local 500—and with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA), who all share the goal of providing a world-class education to all MCPS students."
“MCEA’s involvement in the budget process is key—it allows the educators of MCPS a direct means of influencing the formulation of the budget,” says Doug Prouty, president of MCEA. “This helps to ensure that resources are directed where they will be most beneficial for students, teachers, and those who support their work.”