Tonight the Cecil County Council will host its annual public budget hearing at Elkton High School. We will see many familiar faces as the usual contingents show up in support of their particular causes–Cecil County Public Library, Cecil County Public Schools, Cecil College, various public safety organizations–and many of us will say essentially the same things we’ve said in previous years.
Tales from Last Year’s Budget Hearing
But there’s always a group that speaks against any funding that doesn’t directly benefit them and they will tell some tall tales. Last year they got up one after the other and told the council how people were moving from Cecil County to Delaware because the proposed tax increase was too high.
I don’t follow Delaware taxes closely but I seriously doubted their claims were based on facts. One thing the speakers overlooked was the fact that school districts in Delaware have taxing authority, a funding source Cecil County Public Schools doesn’t have.
Here’s an example from one of the school districts most favored by home buyers:
Facts to Preempt Other Tales
Not all of Cecil County Public Schools’ fund balance is available for discretionary spending
The Governor’s Salary isn’t a Yard Stick for Determining the Compensation of School System Leadership
The qualifications for the positions are very different.
A candidate for the governor need only be:
- at least 30 years old
- a resident and registered voter in Maryland for the five years preceding the election
- Have a master’s degree from an institute of higher education
- Have 3 years of satisfactory teaching experience and 2 years of satisfactory administrative or supervisory experience in a PreK-12 school setting
- Submit a minimum of 24 credits of post-master, graduate coursework in educational administration and supervision to include a balance of coursework in specified areas
While most superintendents meet the requirements to run for governor, current and previous governors don’t meet the requirements to run a school system. At the budget hearing, there will be only a few in attendance who meet these requirements.
Learn & Share Facts–not Fiction
I’ll say it again: Not everything you read online (or hear people say) is true. Choose your sources of information wisely and only share the truth.
What Can You Do to Advocate for Education?
- Call or email our county council members at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the council members at +1(410)996-5201
- Attend and speak at the public budget hearing on May 22rd at Elkton High School at 7 PM
- Learn more about school budget terminology