News in Brief
Md. Lawmakers Agree to Cut in School Funding
During a three-week special session that ended Nov. 18, Maryland legislators agreed to cut from next year’s state budget $145 million that would have helped schools fight inflationary increases.
The money was part of a mandated increase in funding for schools enacted in 2002, calling for the state’s schools to receive an additional $1.3 billion over five years, ending this school year. The state had been expected to continue funding schools at the increased level, but a shortfall led Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, to propose cuts to next year’s budget.
The cuts were approved as part of a budget-reconciliation bill for fiscal 2008 and will serve as recommendations for Mr. O’Malley, who will present his state budget for the next fiscal year in January.
Vol. 27, Issue 13, Page 4