Sunday, December 20, 2009

O'Malley wants to apply in Jan. for U.S. education grants

Governor criticizes Grasmick plan to wait to seek stimulus money
By Julie Bykowicz

December 19, 2009

Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick's decision to delay a request for federal stimulus money for education, saying Friday that he wants Maryland to go after the $150 million next month.

"I find it very unusual that in the area where we're recognized as the best in the nation, that this is the one department that's not applying as aggressively as every other department has for these things," O'Malley said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland has been awarded more than $4 billion in stimulus money this year, making it among the most competitive in the nation, O'Malley said.

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