by Llew Brown
In our personal life, we have lots of wants, but limited resources require us to make tough choices. In the end, the way we spend our time and money reveals our priorities. If you want to shape the school system’s priorities for next year and beyond, follow these three tips and let your voice be heard:
#1: Testify at a School Board Hearing
The last of three Budget Public Hearings to be held by the school board this year is on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM at Oxon Hill High School. If you register in advance to speak, you have three minutes to voice your concerns directly to the school board and CEO Kevin Maxwell. Find the proposed budget and timeline here:
#2: Speak at one of County Executive Baker’s Budget Listening Sessions
The next opportunity is February 8, 2017, at Prince George’s Community College. To view dates for additional sessions, and to register to speak for three minutes, go here:
The County Council is hosting a Budget Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, February 20th
#3: Contact your State Legislator
Several Maryland legislators are proposing changes intended to channel more casino revenues towards public schools. Here’s one article discussing the issue:
Learn what legislative district you belong to here, then follow the link below to contact your legislator and share your opinion on this issue.
Don’t delay: the budget bill for the current legislative session is due to be decided by April, 2018.