Friday, February 28, 2014

More State Funds for Private School in closed MCPS high school building

MCPS needs school construction money, right?  

Here's a MCPS closed school that was constructed with State funds that was turned over to a private school for pennies.  Now, the private school wants more funding from taxpayers and our Montgomery County Delegates are pushing a bill to do just that.  

Public school students?  This property belonged to you, but our County Executive, County Council, State Delegates and the Governor worked very hard to turn this entire high school building and property over to a private interest. Public school students can stay in trailers as far as they are concerned. 

By: Delegates Bonnie Cullison, Sam Arora, and Ben Kramer 
Introduced and read first time: February 24, 2014 

2014 Regular Session

Creation of a State Debt - Montgomery County - Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Sponsored by:
Delegate Cullison
In the House - Hearing 3/10 at 10:30 a.m.

Synopsis: Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $65,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Directors of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy for specified development or improvement purposes related to the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, located in Montgomery County; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds, subject to a requirement that the grantee provide and expend a matching fund; prohibiting the use of the loan proceeds or matching fund for sectarian religious purposes; etc.
Analysis: Not available at this time
All Sponsors: Delegates Cullison, Arora, and Kramer
Additional Facts: Cross-filed with: SB0917
Bill File Type: Regular
Effective Date(s): June 1, 2014
Broad Subject(s): State Debt (Bond Bills)
Narrow Subject(s): Montgomery County
Private Schools
Religion -see also- Churches
State Bonds


  1. It's a loan using state bonds. And while I don't agree with it, it is legal and many religious schools in the county borrow money this way.

    1. Please total up how much this one private school has already received in State funding. Please include the value of an entire high school building that was transferred to them for nothing. How many private schools get their buildings for free from the State? Do you have that information? Thanks.

  2. Taxpayers have already given the Berman Academy millions because we gave away our county property and school building to them for next to nothing. But, according to S&P report, when they gave the AAA Bond rating to Montgomery County, taxpayers are happy to provide an endless supply of dollars.

  3. " . . . ,but some are more equal than others."


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