What do "doomsday" budget cuts mean for education?

May 7, 2012

 

During the 2012 legislative session, Maryland lawmakers failed to pass critical reconciliation and revenue bills.  This resulted in the passage of a "doomsday" budget, which closed the deficit with major cuts to state services.  A chart detailing the impact of this budget on each local jurisdiction shows the devastating reductions in funding for schools, community colleges, and other important services. Local governments will see a $128 million cut to K-12 funding due to the elimination of the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI), a measure used when determining state aid for school funding. Community colleges will receive almost a $20 million cut, resulting in higher tuition for thousands of students statewide. These and other budgetary issues will be addressed during the special session, which begins on May 14 in Annapolis.