Realities of Hogan’s Education Cuts Surface in Montgomery, Howard Counties


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Summer break has barely started in Montgomery County, but school board members and students are already thinking about how budget cuts will affect classrooms this fall.

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County school board adopted its budget for next year, which was trimmed in light of decreases in county and state funding. Among other things, 380 positions will be on the chopping block.

“I think it’s disgraceful that the governor is not releasing those funds,” board member Philip Kauffman says.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget halved the $136 million needed to fully fund the state’s Geographic Cost of Education Index, a discretionary fund for school systems where educational costs are above the state average. Most GCEI money is steered to larger jurisdictions.

It was a controversial move, and in the waning hours of the session the Democratic-led Legislature passed a bill by veto-proof margins requiring Hogan to fully…

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