The Baltimore County Board of Education will vote on the BCPS FY2020 Operating Budget on Tuesday, February 19.
The proposed budget is 11% over Maintenance of Effort. TABCO and other bargaining units have testified for BCPS and the BOE to “go big” and ask for this amount so teachers can receive raises and cost-of-living adjustments, greatly needed support staff can be hired, and the extremely expensive STAT initiative can continue to be funded. Others have asked the BOE to do its due diligence and present a realistic budget outlining its priorities vs. letting the County government decide.
Read this February 14 Baltimore Sun article about the fiscal realities.
Read this November 2018 essay, which explains how we got here.
Read this February 1 BCPS teacher’s Letter to the Editor about the tough choices required.