Relations between the Montgomery County Council and public school system officials can be summed up with two figures: 0.1 percent and 100 percent.
That is the percentage of new school spending each agency estimates will be dedicated to closing the achievement gap in fiscal 2014.
The difference between the two figures highlights the growing chasm between the council and the Board of Education as budget deliberations continued Friday.
The school system has said that closing the achievement gap is one of its top three priorities, and that its fiscal 2014 budget request aligns with that. But “the few new investments aimed at closing the achievement gap together account for only 1/10th of one percent of MCPS’ entire $2.1 billion recommended operating budget for FY14,” according to a county report presented at a Friday education committee meeting.
Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, however, said the district doesn’t categorize spending that way.