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Maryland House Grapples With Education Cuts

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Reversing the cuts would restore funding for school systems around the state after an angry backlash from teachers, students and parents.

O'Malley's budget proposal included a $94 million reduction in expected funding for kindergarten through 12th grade. The plan would shift $58.5 million back to schools by raising some fees and trimming elsewhere in the $14 billion general fund budget.

The committee will decide Froday whether to accept the governor's reductions, which would also include an $8 million cut to the University System of Maryland. House subcommittees have also recommended a $10 million rate reduction for managed care organizations under Medicaid and a $9 million cut in funds for the operating costs of the state's courts.

The committee may also consider cutting hundreds of vacant positions in state government.

MD Governor's Budget Proposal, FY2012
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