GIFTED AND TALENTED ASSOCIATIONOF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, INC.
January 27, 2010
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Board of EducationMontgomery County Public SchoolsRockville, Maryland
Aligning the Operating Budget to MCPS’ Commitment to Magnet Students
Board members:The Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County, Inc. urges that theMCPS 2010-2011 Budget maintain funding for Center, Magnet, immersion, IB and other special program (collectively referred to below as “Magnet” programs) staffing andtransportation. Failure to do so would harm Magnet students, highlight MCPS’ actual policy of serving only part of its students and renege on your recent promise of equity.
Proposed and threatened cuts.
The proposed Budget, and the additionalreductions threatened by Superintendent Weast, would:1. Eliminate five Magnet teaching positions (10 percent of current Magnetteaching positions);2. Threaten elimination of an additional 12.9 Magnet teaching positions;3. Threaten reduction of secondary school extracurricular stipends;4. Threaten elimination of Magnet transportation.As the Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation, Inc. pointed out in itsJanuary 19, 2010 letter to the Board, the proposed teacher elimination, compoundingeliminations over the preceding two years, would have the cumulative effect of reducingMagnet teaching positions by 35 percent since FY 2008.
Harm to Magnet students.
MCPS recognizes that Magnet students work “at thevery highest levels of attainment;” have “unique learning needs;” and therefore “
markedly different programming.”
Our Call to Action
page 37; 2003
University of Virginia Center Program Study Executive Summary
C3(c). MCPSacknowledges that these “needs cannot easily be met in local schools.”
AEI Draft Policy IOA
C.1.b(3), c(2). (MCPS does not serve even the gifted and talented students now left behind in the local schools, given these schools’ exclusive focus on the mid-level SevenKeys to College Readiness benchmarks.) The needs and requirements of Magnetstudents will not be met if the Magnet schools are further degraded or eliminated.