Big budget cuts proposed
I'll provide details tomorrow, but for now suffice it to say... it's more than a little disingenuous for the governor to claim that he's increasing education funding. The proposal that came out this week would strike a serious blow to the state's two neediest school districts: Baltimore and Prince George's County. It would cost the city schools $21 million more than the system had previously expected to cut, leading to about $85 million in reductions and making it impossible to limit the pain to the central office. Prince George's would fare even worse.
On the Baltimore school system's Web site, Dr. Alonso posted an open letter tonight outlining the impact on the city. "It's the end of Thornton as we know it," he told me earlier this evening.
UPDATE, 1/23: See our story today.