Education State of the States

Maryland

By Vaishali Honawar — February 08, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

For the third year in a row, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is urging Maryland lawmakers to expand gambling in the state to help finance K-12 education.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich

“These dollars would help pay for mandated increases in educational spending pursuant to the Thornton formula, and new school construction so desperately needed in every subdivision,” Mr. Ehrlich said during his Jan. 27 State of the State Address. He was referring to a 2002 report from a state panel known as the Thornton Commission that found Maryland schools were underfunded by approximately $1.1 billion a year.

Maryland has struggled through deep budget deficits over the past two years to raise the additional funds, however, and Mr. Ehrlich has warned of cuts in other areas in order to fund education, unless the legislature supports his bill that would bring slot machines to Maryland. For the past two years, the House of Delegates, the lower house of the Democratic-controlled legislature, has turned the Republican governor’s bills down.

Read a transcript of the governor’s address.

Gov. Ehrlich’s fiscal 2006 budget would give public schools $5.1 billion—an increase of $397 million, or 8 percent over last year. He is also seeking to increase funding for school construction by 55 percent, to $155 million.

Pointing out that “dollars are only part of the debate,” Mr. Ehrlich said there is a need to focus on how well schools prepare students for the challenges of the 21st-century workplace. Toward this end, he said, Lt. Gov. Michael E. Steele will soon convene a group of Marylanders to report on whether the state’s historic investments in public education are paying off.

A version of this article appeared in the February 09, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
The Key to Better Learning: Indoor Air Quality
Learn about the importance of improved indoor air quality in schools, and how to pick the right solutions for educators, students, and staff.
Content provided by Delos
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leading Systemic Redesign: Strategies from the Field
Learn how your school community can work together to redesign the school system, reengineer instruction, & co-author personalized learning.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 23, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 2, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 19, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read