The Montgomery County, Md., school board has voted unanimously to take legal action against the county if its budget is cut further.
The unusual maneuver last week ramps up a confrontation between the school board and the County Council.
School officials had accepted County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed $137 million cut to their budget request. But in recent weeks, the County Council has been contemplating another $33 million cut.
The school system had requested the minimum level of funding required by the state. Mr. Leggett’s budget is dipping below that, requiring a waiver from the state board of education.
Schools Superintendent Jerry Weast said state law prohibits the Council from cutting further if the county is already dipping below the state minimum for school spending.
A version of this article appeared in the May 19, 2010 edition of Education Week as Maryland School Board May Sue Over Budget