In response to the MASSIVE outpouring of calls to reject cuts to public education, the most harmful cuts were pulled off the agenda right before the start of the Board of Public Works meeting. Over $250 million in cuts were avoided. Close to $100 million of that would have been cuts to public education.
Here is a quick summary of what cuts were approved from our friends at the Maryland Center on Economic Policy.
While we were able to defeat the most harmful cuts to public education, we must remain vigilant. Our state's budget outlook continues to be uncertain due to COVID-19 and Governor Hogan has already released a plan to make more than $200 million in cuts to K-12 general funding the next time the legislature meets.
Tens of thousands of emails were sent in less than five days from education advocates. Today, we will take a moment to recognize and appreciate this important effort. Tomorrow, we will continue the fight to ensure every student receives a world-class education. We won't let up.
You can also read more about the cuts from the Baltimore Sun or read the detailed list of cuts from the BPW.