Gov. Hogan's Proposed Budget Cut Lethal to Education
June 30, 2020 -- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proposed $345 million in cuts to education is a lethal injection into public schools. The pandemic forced schools to move into a remote learning environment that further highlighted the inequities that exist for students and families. Gov. Hogan's proposed budget cuts will only add to the struggle schools are expected to face in the fall.
The Board of Public Works, who decides the budget for the entire state, is currently in session and considering major slashes to the budget. On July 1, 2020, the Board of Public Work will take a vote on the funding which include, but is not limited to , grants to local governments for teacher retirement costs, cuts in disparity grants for less wealthy jurisdictions, and cuts to funding schools in critical needs of heating and air conditioning upgrades. This particular request by Gov. Hogan is anticipated to be $200 million taken from Education.
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MSET urges Marylanders to contact the Board of Public Works and their State Delegates and Senators to speak up in opposition to the more than $100 million in education-related cuts proposed for approval by the Board of Public Works on July 1st, and the Governor’s proposal to cut another $200 million in school funding for the coming school year.
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