Category Archives: funding

We Should Not Privatize Public Education

We were asked the following on our Facebook page. We wanted to expand a little, so we are posting here. Quick question , so how does this group look at private education and stipends vs a public education ? I’m just curious as to the pros and cons that you might have regarding the subject… Read More »

A little look at the proposed budget

As you prepare your talking points for tomorrow’s budget hearing (because we are certain everyone will go and speak, right?), here is something to consider. We are sure it’s going to be surprising. But, please consider thanking the commissioners for the changes that they have made so far and encourage them to go just a little… Read More »

Guest Post from Muri Dueppen: More Rankings to Consider

What are appropriate metrics for determining efficiency, effort, cost, and value in regards to public education and commissioner commitment in Carroll County? Figures fly regarding per pupil spending, student/teacher ratios, salary gaps, millions of dollars allocated, percentages of budgets, money saved, spending avoided, funding cut or increased, raises realized, local burden, etc. But in the… Read More »

Petition to the Commissioners — One last time

Ours is a simple request. Our petition requests the commissioners meet the school system’s budget request. On Monday, April 25, 2016, the commissioners voted to approve a preliminary budget that was $3.5m short of the school system’s request. Neither was any consideration offered to the school system’s ability to offer year-over-year raises to its employees. In… Read More »

Petition to the Commissioners

Ours is a simple request. Our petition requests the commissioners meet the school system’s budget request. We would like everyone to print a copy and talk to a few friends to get their signatures. Take it to the soccer fields this weekend. Take it to the game. Visit your neighbors who don’t have school age children… Read More »

Commissioners’ Budget Deliberation Schedule

Listed below are the dates and times scheduled for Commissioners’ Budget deliberations. Please be aware they will be held in the Reagan Room (Room 003) of the County Office Building and Public Comment will be taken at the end of each session. Tuesday, April 12th Session begins at 10:00 a.m. and deliberations scheduled to begin… Read More »

Guest Post: Lyle Staples on County Taxes and Tax Rates

The budget ball is in the commissioners’ court now. I would like to review Maryland’s property tax system so everyone will understand what is happening and has happened in the past. Some of you know, but I suspect many of you do not. Each February the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation sends to each… Read More »

Our view

We disagree that wanting to “Fully Fund Education” is a political term. The school system and board of education are not political bodies. Their mission is to educate the children of Carroll County. As we heard at the board budget work session on February 3rd, for years the board of education has not asked for… Read More »