As counties review and determine their budgets for fiscal year 2014, they will be considering budget proposals from their boards of education. For example, on Wednesday May 8 at 7 pm., the Anne Arundel County Council will hold a budget hearing on the Proposed Board of Education Budget for FY 2014. The hearing will be held at the Chesapeake Performing Arts Center, and sign ups will begin at 6 pm.
Some counties and school boards have already begun a back-and-forth based on preliminary budgets. In Carroll County, as reported in the Eldersburg Patch, School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said $4.7 million had to be cut from the from the $166.6 million budget the board of education submitted to the county commissioners, based on the fiscal year 2014 county budget discussed by the commissioners Tuesday. The reduction in education funding would be a decrease of less than one percent from the amount provided by the county last year.
Other counties have proposed funding increases for education. As reported previously on Conduit Street, Howard, Montgomery, and Wicomico counties preliminary budgets show funding increases for education this year. As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Prince George’s county plans to fund education over the mandated maintenance-of-effort, surpassing the “maintenance of effort” requirement by $11 million.