Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mandated federal budget cuts, if not averted, could impact the large federal presence in Maryland.
Maryland's congressional Democrats are taking to Twitter Thursday afternoon to talk about the coming sequestration cuts to federal budgets. The cuts, equally split between defense and non-defense spending, could have a large impact on Maryland if not averted. Civil employees could be furloughed a day per pay period, and the cuts would also impact work at military bases in Maryland, including at Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground. In Elkridge on Wednesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley said sequestration could cost 12,000 jobs in Maryland. The town hall from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday will be held on the hashtag #AskMDDems and questions and answers will be posted on the delegation's own Twitter feed. We will be following the responses and updating …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Submitted by Stephen Guthrie, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools.
Over the past several years, much has been written and discussed about the value of Carroll County Public Schools to our community. Lately, the conversation has become more heated and intense. This is not only a result of our evolving economic situation. It is also because public schools have been caught up in a much broader discussion about the appropriate level of government spending. The importance of a good education is evident and does not need to be defended here. However, the community debate appears to center on the relationship of academic achievement to education spending. To put it simply, what should we be paying for a quality public education? This question is dividing our community and each group is becoming entrenched …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Guthrie said the school system may again be facing drastic cuts budget in FY 2014.
Carroll County School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie recently sent a message to parents with an update on next year's budget and "possible consequences to our school system." The Board of Education held its annual budget work session on Dec. 5. At that meeting Guthrie expressed concern about next year's possible revenue and presented some options to address likely budget shortfalls. In his message to parents, Guthrie wrote "there is a strong possibility that we will again have to reduce spending by millions of dollars". Guthrie said that county Maintenance of Effort funding (the minimum funding required by the state) and reduced state funding coupled with increasing costs to run the school system could mean $9 million in funding cuts to…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Commissioner Doug Howard created a Nonprofit Work Group to develop best management practices as the county plans to reduce nonprofit funding after 2013.