MPS is not meeting the required standards, which justified intervention for academic and financial reasons. Unless significant progress is made, one would have to consider whether MPS can remain accredited. It has been my observation that a major variable contributing to intervention is the (Montgomery County) Board of Education.
If a school system is under intervention, it is the Board of Education’s fault. My primary standard for intervention will be the performance of this Board of Education. If performance is not substantially improved then more stringent intervention measures will need to be implemented.
Financial Intervention Standards for MPS
- MPS was significantly delinquent in compiling items critical to sound fiscal operations
- Operating without an approve budget. Currently, requesting a delay.
- Unable to produce year-end financial statements and related supporting data.
- Filings required to receive state funds
- Applications for expenditure of federal funds not submitted three months into the fiscal year.
- Several federal applications had not been started in eGAP
- Applications typically started mid-summer in connection with budget preparation.
- Considered Collectively, these items signaled a rapidly declining financial transaction within MPS and placed undue exposure to risks, including loss of funds which threatened to deprive students of essential educational services.
Student Transportation Intervention Standards
- Deficiencies in student transportation systems management and operations.
Academic Intervention Standard
- 40 out of 50 Montgomery Public Schools were below the state’s proficiency rate of 41% on the 2015-2016 ACT ASPIRE Assessment
I am confident that in time, working together, the Board of Education will assume its full authority including the appointment of a superintendent. As a reminder, I will be observing the actions of the Montgomery County Board of Education to make such a determination.