If Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer makes good on his threat to delete $5 million in additional money for Prince George's County magnet schools from his proposed budget could jeopardize the county's ability to meet court-ordered desegregation goals, School Superintendent John A. Murphy said yesterday.

If the county fails to meet the goals through voluntary programs such as the magnet schools, Murphy said, mandatory "busing is a backup plan."

Without the $5 million, Murphy said, "We probably would have to hold back on the expansion of magnets," designed to meet integration goals by providing special programs to attract white students into predominantly minority schools.

"We can't cut into the rest of the program to fund the magnet," he said.

Murphy joined Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening in expressing hope for a truce between Schaefer and Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Prince George's) in a dispute that has threatened the magnet money along with $1 million Glendening wants in part to hire additional police officers for a crackdown on drugs. Schaefer has suggested that the magnet money may be jeopardized unless Miller and other leading lawmakers approve the governor's legislative initiatives.

Murphy submitted his proposed school budget of $477.7 million to Glendening on Tuesday. The budget anticipates $11.5 million in state funds for the magnet schools, $5 million more than Schaefer is now willing to allow.

The school system is under federal court order to have 85 percent of its schools "racially balanced" -- defined as no more than 80 percent black or no less than 10 percent white -- by next year, Murphy said.

Murphy and Glendening testified in Annapolis in favor of Schaefer's proposed math-science high school, which was rejected by the state Senate, prompting the governor's ire.

"We were down there trying to help him," said Murphy, who, like Glendening, has refused to criticize the governor for his position on the additional magnet money.

"It's inappropriate for me to place blame," Glendening said.

Schaefer has visited Prince George's schools "several times," Glendening said. "He's said Prince George's, more than any other county in the state, is showing how the system can work. He's been a supporter."

Glendening said he appealed to Schaefer last week not to cut the magnet money. "I told him cutting the magnet aid doesn't hurt the president of the Senate, it hurts the kids," Glendening said. "He said he wants to be helpful, but everything he does is being attacked without compromise."

Glendening, who is scheduled to meet with Schaefer today, expressed cautious optimism that, "after some more skirmishing," Schaefer and Miller will work out their differences. "After all, they can't look forward to three more years of this."

The county executive said the magnet money is his top priority with Schaefer. The additional $1 million for police was "not part of our original proposal. It was suggested by the {county's state} senators."