Our County’s public schools are facing an unprecedented enrollment growth with no end in sight. Our schools have steadily grown since 2000 – experiencing more growth than that of Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick and Baltimore counties combined. By 2020, the County will add more than 11,000 students. Given the burgeoning enrollment, nearly half of the public schools will have significant space shortages by 2020 school year. We need greater investment in our schools from both the state and county – and support from the Maryland General Assembly – to authorize school construction bonds to meet this capacity crisis. The County has been a national leader in public school education and is a primary driver of both the economic growth of the County and the State. In addition, our school system has an enormous positive economic impact on the local and state economy contributing more than $3.2 billion to the Montgomery economy and $4.1 billion to the Maryland economy.
Investing in our schools not only keeps our County competitive and prepares our future workforce, but it contributes to the economic well-being of our community today.
By the Numbers
- By 2020, nearly HALF of MCPS schools will face significant space shortages
- The County is still $2.2 billion short solving its capacity shortage
- Since 2000 and projected to 2020, the County will add more than 25,000 new students for a total enrollment of more than 165,000 students
- Since projected enrollment growth is equivalent to 22 elementary schools, as enrollment growth moves into middle and high schools, the growth equates to 4 new middle schools and 3 new high schools
- From 2000 to 2014, Hispanic student enrollment has increased by 91%; Asian increased by 22%; African American by 14%; white, non-Hispanic enrollment has decreased by 26%
- 35% of students in MCPS qualify for free and reduced-price meals – now at more than 54,000
Our Action Plan
- Ensure our schools remain world-class and that we provide quality education for all students regardless of income or race or geography – making them competitive for the technologically-driven workforce
- Support the revitalization and expansion of serious aging school facilities and the construction of new schools to accommodate huge projected enrollment growths
- Ask our State elected leaders to authorize school construction bonds so this capital investment by both the state and county would be used for providing additional classrooms at our severely over-utilized schools
- Continue investing in our schools to ensure we have the most qualified teachers to prepare our students for an ever-changing world