ACTION ALERT: To send a letter to legislators urging them to restore education funding, click here.
The public school funding formula, including the inflationary factor and Geographic Cost of Living Index (GCEI), must be protected. The Governor has proposed a budget that removes the 1.4 percent inflation increase to education funding and cuts the GCEI in half. Passing this proposed budget would result in a loss across the state of $144 million. Districts will have to make tough choices regarding cuts, layoffs, and class size. School systems also need adequate funding for aging buildings and to accommodate growing populations.
Advocates for Children and Youth supports efforts to:
• Maintain education funding, both operating and capital
• Fully fund the Bridge to Excellence Act, including the inflation factor and GCEI
• Increase school facilities funding for construction and renovation of inadequate buildings
February 16, 2015
Local school systems across the state face significant consequences if the over $144 million in proposed cuts go forward. Thousands of teacher jobs are at risk, as are support services for children most in need. These cuts come at a time when nearly half of our local school systems already are not meeting the target per pupil funding deemed adequate for students to meet state education standards. The education funding structure in Maryland was created to provide all students the adequate education they are guaranteed under the state constitution, regardless of their race, disability status or income level.
The proposed cuts to education would make it significantly harder for school systems, many of which already are not meeting adequacy targets, to provide the per pupil funding deemed necessary for all of Maryland’s students to succeed. Some school systems would be harder hit by the proposed budget cuts than others.
Baltimore City, for example, faces over $35 million in cuts if the Governor’s proposed education budget is unchanged. This decrease in funding would mean up to 400 teacher layoffs, which is 2-4 teachers in every elementary school or 3-6 teachers in every high school. Baltimore’s children face larger classes, fewer course offerings, loss of mental health and guidance counselors, and fewer afterschool and summer programs. In a district whose homeless student population alone is larger than the entire Kent County School district, these cuts to education will have a profound affect on some of our state’s neediest children.
Both alone and as a member of the Baltimore Education Coalition’s Board, Advocates for Children and Youth has been advocating that the Governor and General Assembly restore the $35 million to Baltimore City Schools.
March 3, 2015
Advocates for Children and Youth has testified both on its own and as member of the Maryland Education Coalition’s Board of Directors urging the General Assembly to fully fund public education in Maryland. Specifically, Advocates for Children and Youth has urged the Governor and the General Assembly to:
- Restore the estimated $76.1 million in proposed cuts to education funding
- Fully fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI). The proposed budget cuts the GCEI by 50%, amounting to $68.1 million.
- Fully fund the inflation factor, which the Governor proposes to cut in FY 2016 and cap in FY 2017. This will compound the over $700 million in previous education cuts due to years of underfunding the inflation factor.
To read the testimony, click here.
March 6, 2015
The latest legislative update included a call to action to send a letter to legislators to restore education funding. To send a letter to legislators urging them to restore education funding, click here.
March 20, 2015
The House Appropriations Education Subcommittee and the Senate Education Subcommittee restored the inflation factor, a move that will restore $77 million statewide and $8.2 million to Baltimore City schools. The House and the Senate will be in conference to come to an agreement about the future of the inflation factor and whether or not it should be capped in coming years.
$68 million dollars has also been restored in the form of the Geographic Cost of Education Index. However, Governor Hogan has the final say– it is up to him to add this money back into the budget.