|Maryland| The $31.5 billion state budget for fiscal 2010 approved by Maryland lawmakers in their recently concluded session includes a 2.5 percent increase for K-12 education, bringing the total for that portion of the budget to $5.4 billion.
About $260 million of the education budget is new funding for school construction. The state’s first public residential school for at-risk youths, the seed School, received funding of $5.4 million, a $2.7 million increase from the previous year. The school opened in August 2008 with 80 students and expects to double its enrollment by this coming fall.
The new budget eliminated 36 vacant education positions, saving about $2 million.
A version of this article appeared in the April 29, 2009 edition of Education Week