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Education Proponents Blast Elrich’s Budget Over Proposed Cuts to MCPS and Montgomery College

Last week, County Executive Marc Elrich released his proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget for the coming spending year which will begin in July of this year. The budget was roundly criticized by education proponents for not fully funding the Montgomery County School Board’s request of $2.6 billion FY 2020 operating budget and Montgomery College’s request for $313.4 million.

The Total FY2020 Operating Budget for Montgomery County, of which MCPS traditionally accounts for the largest portion, is $5.7 billion. In February, the Board of Education approved a budget asking for $2,662,004,234 for MCPS, which included a $65.56 million increase from the previous year’s operating budget. The County Executive’s proposed budget reduces that number by $12.4 million to $2,647,500,000. The proposed allocation is a two percent increase over last year’s allocation, or $51.1 million more than FY19, and $2.5 million above the amount required by the State’s Maintenance of Effort legislation. However, it is $14.5 million less than what the Board of Education requested.

Elrich’s proposed budget also kept spending for Montgomery College at the same level as Fiscal 2019.

When the Board of Education transmitted their proposed budget to the County Executive’s office, Board President Shebra Evans called it a schools-first and student first budget.