The state of education, according to O'Malley
Boy, the condition of Maryland's schools sure sounded great listening to the governor's state of the state address today. Children from Armistead Gardens Elementary were on hand as he praised them for their high math scores -- the best in Baltimore, he said -- and touted the state's No. 1 ranking by Education Week. "Let's say it again, shall we?" he said. "Maryland has the best public schools in America." Later, he said that "we are proposing the largest investment our State has ever made in our public schools of $5.4 billion, even in these tough times."
Gov. O'Malley did not mention the $69 million in cuts he has proposed to education, including $23 million to Baltimore. The cuts would be the result of proposed changes in funding formulas that would leave the city and Prince George's schools closing budget shortfalls for years to come -- in spite of short-term aid from the federal economic stimulus package. Dr. Alonso spoke out strongly again this morning on the Larry Young Show on WOLB-AM, and it looks like a coalition is starting to form around him. Marvin "Doc" Cheatham of the Baltimore NAACP called in at the end of the radio segment to lend his support.