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MoCo schools threaten lawsuit over budget

For a view into how ugly Montgomery County's budget fight may soon become, check out this draft lawsuit that was discussed in a closed session of the county council Monday.
Montgomery Schools Draft Suit

Public schools officials say they'll sue for an injunction if the council cuts the schools' budget more than County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) already has proposed doing. The schools argue that the council lacks the power to cut the budget further.

That's not how the council sees it.

"If that were true, all nine council members might as well just pack up our offices and leave because the school board and the superintendent would run the county," said Council member Valerie Ervin (D). "Our very existence is being threatened ..... It's very clear in our charter, and we believe it's clear in the law, that we have the authority to make these funding decisions, and we always have."

By Michael Laris  |  May 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  Michael Laris  | Tags: County council, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland  
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As one blogger so eloquently put it, if the MCPS has money to fund this lawsuit against the hand that feeds it, the MCPS is overfed. It also means they are teaching the sacred children of the county, that, when you don't get your own way, it's OK to throw a public termper tantrum.

Posted by: VikingRider | May 4, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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