Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Maryland considering cuts to education funding

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.


  1. Cut education funding?? Why dont they stop funding people who have been collecting food stamps for the past 10-20 years in a row because there too lazy to work? To even consider stopping funding to education is a joke…….. way to go M.O.M and the bone head politicians who even presented it as an option…..

  2. OMG. Martin O’Malley is the biggest scum bag on the face of the earth. During the Governor’s race last year, he criticized Robert Ehrlich for cutting education spending. O’Malley also said he wouldn’t cut education spending during this term either. Martin O’Malley is a liar, always has been and always will be.

  3. How can the governor possibly consider this??? Education is the one thing that is continuously scrutinized and one of the things the governor promised to assist if he was re-elected!!! The teacher’s unions backed the governor’s re-election and, as a Baltimore County teacher, I changed my vote because of this! Now I KNOW why people have those bumber stickers that say “Don’t blame me…I voted for Ehrlich” Where can I pick one of those up?