Prince George's County spends 60% of budget on public schools
60% or $1.68 billion of Prince George’s County’s FY 2014 budget will be spent on public schools as reported by Gazette.net. This is an increase of $30 million over the current budget, but some are complaining about $10.8 million of education spending that will be appropriated to other county needs. This highlights the problems county officials have when trying to balance priorities with mandated education spending.
Maryland Counties are handcuffed from setting priorities because of formula driven spending that requires counties to maintain school spending levels regardless of results. Reinforcing policies that strictly focus on how many tax dollars are spent, not evaluating processes, structure, and results, doesn’t benefit student achievement.
This is a policy area in Maryland that greatly needs reworked to ensure education needs are met, but counties have the flexibility to fund other priorities.