: News

MoCo Council President: School Employee Pay Is Key To Budget Shortfalls

Play associated audio

Council members in Montgomery County will receive more details about a report that outlines why the county continues to have budget problems.

The report shows salaries for county employees have increased 50 percent over the past decade, but benefit packages have risen even more -- to the point the county spends more money on them than actual salaries.

With more than half of the county budget dedicated to its school system, changes in school employee pay will be critical in fixing future budget shortfalls, according to Council President Nancy Floreen.

"We can write them a check for only so much. It's up to them how they allocate those dollars," she says.

Floreen says the county education board, who along with the schools superintendent create the budget request for the school system, will have a simple question to answer:

"Do benefits take priority over class size? That's one of the realities of the conversation they're going to need to have," she says.

The school system will submit its budget request next month.

NPR

Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
NPR

#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
NPR

Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

A small group of presidential hopefuls get most of the media attention, but there are a lot of unknown people who also want the top job and filed the necessary paperwork. One of them is Deez Nuts.
NPR

No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.