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By Kate Sheehy

Schools in Maryland's Prince George County face major spending cuts under a new proposed budget.

The budget calls for $42.5 million less in spending than this year's plan and the elimination of 490 positions. Seventy-five new jobs would be added though to staff four new schools.

The Washington Post reports that the $1.67 billion proposed budget would shave spending in almost every department, and would also lead to imposed furloughs and an increase in student-teacher ratios.

The Prince George's school system has 127,000 students, the second largest in Maryland.

In Montgomery County meanwhile, the state's largest system, the school's budget remains intact for student services, but warns of future cuts. But state and county authorities don't know yet if they can fully fund schools in this tough economy.

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