Montgomery College must remain a priority for state and county funding.
• Due to the economic downturn and loss of public revenues, Montgomery College’s employees and students have faced a growing burden. Our employees took up to eight furlough days in FY11. All employees received a one-time payment in FY 12. However, our faculty and staff have received no additions to base salaries in three years; for administrators, it has been four years.
• Our students also felt the financial strain, with the cost of tuition rising as a larger portion of our overall budget to help offset the decrease from other funding sources. Student tuition and fees now account for 40% of the FY13 budget, up from 33% in FY09.
• The College needs county support to maintain an affordable, high quality college for our county.
• We also advocate for continued support for projects in the FY14 capital budget request from the approved FY 13-18 CIP, including the Science West renovation and the completion of the Bioscience Education Center.
Board Chair Stephen Kaufman’s operating and capital budget testimony can be found here: FY14 CIP and Operating Budget Testimony by Stephen Kaufman, Chair of the Board of Trustees
President DeRionne Pollard’s remarks to the Education Committee can be found here: Dr. Pollard's Remarks to the Education Committee on the FY14 Budet Requests
To watch the College worksession with the Education Committee: http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=4945
• Protect the John A. Cade funding formula for community colleges.
• Support FY14 capital priorities: Completion of the Bioscience Education Center at Germantown and renovation of Science West at Rockville (state provides 50% of funding).
• Eliminate the statutory $6 million cap for the ESOL
• Seek additional funds for adult literacy (Adult Basic Education, or ABE).
• Seek $1 million for Early College Access (ECA) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) for qualified high school students to purse college-level courses.
For a 2013 Session Outcome summary, please read: Legislative Update Maryland General Assembly 2013 Session
The Maryland Association of Community Colleges Legislative Report can be found at: http://www.mdacc.org/legislation/wrapup.html