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Montgomery County Council To Examine School Budget

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Funding for Montgomery County's public school system takes up more than half of the county's budget.
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Funding for Montgomery County's public school system takes up more than half of the county's budget.

A report from the Montgomery Council Council's Office of Legislative Oversight looked at achievement gaps in the county's school system, and whether any progress was being made in fixing them.

The report showed that while some gaps have been reduced, others have increased. minority students are not doing as well as on advanced placement tests and the SAT's as compared to their white counterparts. County council president Nancy Navarro is very upset with that.

"Those are measures that are directly tied to college readiness," says Navarro. "So we cannot be content with average performance because that right there pretty much exempts those students from being college ready. The goal is always above average performances."

Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr says he would like for schools to get more money for help, but Navarro isn't quite sure that's the answer.

"We will not go back to the days of just unlimited funding," she says. "But the amount of money that we have, which is pretty substantial I think, needs to be invested strategically to address this."

Navarro notes minorities now make up more than half of the county's student population, so if nothing is done, the achievement gap will only grow further in the coming years.

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