EDUCATION

Montgomery County pushes for construction funding

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After school Thursday, hundreds of Montgomery County parents, students and elected leaders plan to take a field trip to Annapolis to push for more construction funding for an expanding school system.

Overcrowded classrooms, portables and aging infrastructure are now the reality for Montgomery County Public Schools, which now has more than 151 thousand students.

'We're growing, we're the only county in the state that's growing..we're growing 2,000- 2,500 kids a year. We don't have a place to put them," said Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) President Janette Gilman.

The superintendent said some revitalization projections are on hold for at least a year due to a tight budget.

"The state every year votes on a budget that would include the capital needs and that's where Montgomery County has been short-changed historically, getting the 11-percent versus the 17-percent," said Gilman.

To ensure that doesn't happen this year, MCCPTA will be heading straight to Annapolis Thursday night, and along with them, local officials and students who will be eligible to receive student service learning hours for their lobbying efforts.

"We're bringing five buses from around the county, so every corner of Montgomery County will be represented," said Gilman.

It's anticipated hundreds will come out to show their support on lawyers mall at 6 pm.

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