Tag: education funding

Advocates urge senators to prevent proposed cut in per-pupil spending

Despite the state’s continuing problems balancing its budget, education advocates – from State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick to community leaders – pleaded with members of a Senate budget subcommittee on Friday not to cut funds from schools.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed a total of $6.4 billion for public school education in his fiscal year 2012 budget, a figure he described as “level funding.” But the total amount winds up being 4.6% less than schools are receiving in the current fiscal year, due to a loss of federal stimulus dollars.

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Major battle looms over local school funding

A major battle is likely in the upcoming session of the legislature over how much Maryland’s local governments must contribute to their local school systems.

The Maryland Association of Counties is circulating draft legislation that would revamp the state’s rule for “maintenance of effort,” the law that requires counties to fund their local schools at the same level as they did in the previous year. Some local school officials are worried that the change could lead to a significant decline in school spending around the state.

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Legislators, local educators dispute education aid

School officials from around the state complained to lawmakers Thursday of big cuts in state assistance, as incredulous senators and delegates argued that education has fared better than most other state services.

“Our school systems have received significant cuts over the last couple of years.” said Caroline County Schools Superintendent Edward Shirley, president of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland.

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