Baltimore City Eyes New Funding for School Construction

In a radio interview with Inside Maryland Politics Sr. News Analyst Frazier Smith, Baltimore Sun City Hall reporter Julie Scharper talks about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plans to introduce a new school construction formula for Baltimore City that would involve “floating $1.2 Billion in bonds” to repair the city’s aging schools.

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MACo’s Legislative Committee adopted its annual initiatives for 2012, including School Construction and Renovation Funding on this list of top priority items for the 2012 legislative session. From the initiative summary:

School Construction and Renovation Funding

While the State has laudably increased its school construction and renovation efforts in recent years, the need for funding remains high. Every state dollar invested in school projects leverages roughly two county dollars of local funding. MACo urges the General Assembly to continue its commitment by keeping school construction and renovation funding a high priority, and support a funding level consistent with its own adopted multi-year goals. Additionally, MACo urges the State to develop and adopt a new multi-year funding strategy as the current goal expires in FY 2013.

A summary of last year’s projects requested – both funded and delayed – is available online here.

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