Hogan Allows $850 Million More Government Spending Despite Record $32 Billion In K-12 Education

Maryland Gov. Hogan to allow $850 million school funding bill to become law without his signature



Governor Larry Hogan: Record Education Funding

Governor Hogan Has Provided Record Funding For K-12 Education For Five Years In A Row

Since Taking Office, Governor Hogan Has Invested More Than $32 Billion In K-12 Education, Provided Record Funding In Each Of His Five Years In Office – No Governor In The History Of The State Has Invested More.

  • Fiscal Year 2018: $6.4 Billion (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management)
  • Fiscal Year 2017: $6.3 Billion (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management)
  • Fiscal Year 2016: $6.1 Billion (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management)

In His First Five Years In Office, Governor Hogan Has Invested $3 Billion More In K-12 Education Funding Than The Previous Administration Invested In Their Last Five Years. From fiscal year 2016 – fiscal year 2020, Governor Hogan has invested over $32 billion towards K-12 education, this represents an increase of $3 billion, or 10 percent over the total of $29 billion invested by the previous administration from fiscal year 2011 – fiscal year 2015. (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management)

Increased Per-Pupil Aid

Per-Pupil Spending Has Increased Under Governor Hogan; Since Taking Office, Average Statewide Per-Pupil Aid Has Increased By 6.7 Percent. For fiscal year 2020, the state will spend an average of $7,761 per-pupil, this represents an increase of $488 per student, or 6.7 percent over the total of $7,273 in state funds spent per-pupil in fiscal year 2015. (“Maryland Budget Highlights: Fiscal Year 2015,” Maryland Department Of Budget And Management, 1/15/14, Pg. 86; “Maryland Budget Highlights: Fiscal Year 2020,” Maryland Department Of Budget And Management, 1/18/19, Pg. 26)

Five Maryland School Systems Rank In The Top Ten Among The One Hundred Largest School Systems In The Nation In Total Per-Pupil Spending:

  • Howard County Public Schools: Third

  • Montgomery County Schools: Fourth
  • Baltimore City Public Schools: Fifth
  • Prince George’s County Schools: Sixth
  • Baltimore County Schools: Tenth (Holden Wilen, “Five Maryland School Districts Rank Among Top 10 In U.S. For Per Student Spending,” Baltimore Business Journals, 5/21/18)

Consistently Exceeding Legislatively Mandated Education Funding Formulas

Governor Hogan Pushed For And Strongly Supported Successful Efforts For An Education Lockbox To Ensure That An Additional $4.4 Billion In Funding From Casino Revenues Would Go Towards K-12 Education.“Governor Larry Hogan today announced legislation to create a ‘lockbox’ for education funding to ensure that all revenues from Maryland casinos go directly to funding K-12 education and improvements to the state’s public school facilities.” “I’m Larry Hogan. I want to take a minute in support of my important ballot initiative that requires casino revenue to be placed in a lockbox dedicated to education.” (Press Release, “Governor Larry Hogan Announces $4.4 Billion Education Lockbox Proposal,” Office Of The Governor, 2/14/18; Bruce Leshan, “Voters To Decide Amendment To ‘Lock Box’ Casino Money For Schools,” WUSA9, 10/23/18)    

Since Taking Office, Governor Hogan Has Invested Over $420 Million More Towards Education, Than What The Legislatively Mandated Formulas Have Called For:

  • Fiscal Year 2020: $296 Million (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management)  
  • Fiscal Year 2019: $15.2 Million (Press Release, “Governor Larry Hogan Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Budget,” Office Of The Governor, 1/16/18)
  • Fiscal Year 2018: $28.2 Million (Press Release, “Governor Larry Hogan To Release Second Supplemental Budget, Office Of The Governor, 3/26/17)
  • Fiscal Year 2017: $13.8 Million (Press Release, “Governor Larry Hogan Submits Third Supplemental Budget,” Office Of The Governor, 3/10/16)

Governor Hogan Has Led By Enacting Innovative, Bold Education Solutions

Governor Hogan Introduced And Enacted Legislation To Bring The P-TECH Schools Program To Maryland, Providing Students An Opportunity To Receive A Six Year Education Program Blending High School, College And Workplace Experience, Giving Students The Skills Needed To Succeed In The 21st Century Economy.  

  • This Session Governor Hogan Pushed For And Enacted Legislation To Expand The P-TECH Schools Program; Currently, Nearly 600 Maryland Students Are Participating In Eight P-TECH Programs Across The State. “There is a P-TECH Planning Grant Program in the State… Beginning in fiscal year 2020, no more than three new P-TECH Planning Grants may be awarded to establish a new P-TECH school until the 2016-2017 cohort of P-TECH students completes the 6-year pathway sequence.” (“House Bill 440,” Maryland General Assembly, 5/13/19; Tim Tooten, “Governor Signs Bill To Expand P-TECH Program To More Schools,” WBALTV, 5/13/19)

Governor Hogan Introduced The ACCESS Initiative, A Comprehensive Approach To Promote Computer Science Education; Enacted Legislation To Require Schools To Adopt Computer Science Courses. “Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, each county board shall require each public high school in the county to offer at least one computer science course. The computer science course shall be of high quality and meet or exceed the curriculum standards and requirements established by the State Board. The county board shall make efforts to: Incorporate instruction in computer science in each public elementary and middle school in the county; and increase the enrollment in middle and high school computer science courses of: female students; students with disabilities; and Students of ethnic, racial, and other demographic groups that are underrepresented in the field of computer science as identified by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.” (“House Bill 281,” Maryland General Assembly, 5/8/18)

Governor Hogan Announced Bard High School Early College Baltimore, The Fifth Partnership Of Its Kind; Partnership Allows Baltimore City High School Students To Earn A High School Diploma, 60 College Credits, And An Associate’s Degree, Tuition Free. “Governor Larry Hogan today announced a Maryland Higher Education Commission-approved partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools system and Bard College, a New York-based selective liberal arts college. This partnership, which will begin in the coming 2015-16 school year, will allow Baltimore City high school students access to a brand new educational choice and the opportunity to earn 60 college credits and an associate degree, tuition-free, alongside a high school diploma… Bard High School Early College Baltimore will allow students to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year Associate in Arts degree in four years, at no cost to the student.” (Press Release, “Governor Larry Hogan Announces State-Approved Early College Partnership Between Baltimore City And Bard College,” Office Of The Governor, 6/16/15)