School Funding in Montgomery County
This is a local study by LWVMC
An August 2017 report of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis reported that there were 290 fewer staff serving students in the Montgomery County Schools than in the 2008–2009 school year. In 2017 dollars, school division operating funds from all sources had declined by $9.5 million over the seven-year period beginning in 2008–2009.
A study that will examine the funding of the public schools in Montgomery County was approved by the members at the annual meeting May 9, 2018. The study will include four components that address the following questions:
- To what extent is state funding of public education in Virginia adequate and equitable, and how do those factors impact the funding of schools in Montgomery County?
- Has the Montgomery County School Board prepared budgets that accurately reflect the needs of the schools and has the Board of Supervisors funded those budgets?
- To what extent are properties in Montgomery County taxed fairly and equitably to reflect an appropriate balance of tax revenues coming from commercial and residential properties?
- Has the Montgomery County School Board created mechanisms that guarantee equal access to quality programs for all students attending the public schools in the County?
The timeline for completion of the study is Fall 2019, with the expectation that a final report will be prepared for member review and comment in winter 2020. mfdh [at] aol.com (Mary Houska) and wworner [at] vt.edu (Wayne “Dempsey” Worner) serve as co-directors of the study.