Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering a 5 percent across-the-board cut in state aid for public education.
State Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster has proposed the cut, which the governor’s office says would save more than $200 million. Maryland is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.
The possible 5 percent cut was revealed in a letter from Foster to Prince George’s County Schools Superintendent William Hite, who has asked the state for an additional $139 million in funding. Foster notes that Prince George’s receives more education funding than any other jurisdiction in Maryland.
O’Malley’s spokesman says the possible cut is merely “an option presented to the governor” but that it speaks to the severity of the state’s fiscal situation.