A victory for Baltimore, P.G. County schools in Annapolis
Gov. O'Malley announced this afternoon that he is withdrawing the changes in education funding formulas that would have hurt Baltimore and Prince George's County so badly. In 2012, they'll need to fight again over the distribution of payment for non-public placement for special education students. (The governor's proposal to shift the burden to the locals is deferred until then.) But otherwise -- and I'm still waiting for comment from Dr. Alonso -- it looks like the city schools are getting almost everything they asked for. With the influx of stimulus money, Baltimore will get $84 million more in FY10 than previously projected. Prince George's County will get $72 million more.
UPDATE: Here's our story with more specifics. And see below for the statement put out by the city school system tonight.
Good News for City Schools:
Governor Taps Stimulus to Fuel Education Progress
(Baltimore, MD) —Gov. Martin O’Malley announced today that he will tap Maryland’s federal stimulus package to build on the state’s commitment to excellence in education in fiscal year 2010. The decision is critical to the continued progress of City Schools, where enrollment is up for the first time in four decades and students are making historic academic gains.
“I had great confidence that the governor would continue his strong support of the progress in City Schools and I am very appreciative of the Baltimore City delegation for making this their top priority this year,” said Brian D. Morris, chair of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. “This allows us to continue to place the focus of the school system entirely on the needs of our students.”
Gov. O’Malley’s announcement underscores his commitment, and that of Maryland’s and Baltimore’s legislative leadership, to safeguarding the progress now underway in City Schools and other school systems across the state. The state will maintain existing education funding formulas, including the Thornton Law, which provides the state’s poorest jurisdictions with additional resources so that all of Maryland public school students have equal access to a good education. City Schools students have benefited significantly from this commitment to equitable education funding, and led the state in progress on the Maryland State Assessment test last year.
“I applaud the governor and our legislative leaders for making decisions so quickly, and in such tough times, that safeguard the future of our children,” added City Schools CEO Andrés A. Alonso. “I thank our community for advocating so strongly for our kids. Now we need to deliver that future as a community.”