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.