Baltimore County schools budget woes
At the school board's most recent meeting this week, the leadership presented its first look at how tight the budget may be next year. The forecasts aren't good, although it is difficult to tell yet how bad it will be.
The biggest problem ahead seems to be making up for $19 million in federal stimulus funds that won't be there next year. In the worst-case scenario, the county would see a 3.7 percent shortfall, or about $45 million.
The response by school board president Earnest E. Hines was to talk about the need to give the community information. He said there is a lot of "misinformation out there" about how much money is available. "There is no fruit in the basket and they are still asking for an air-conditioner," Hines said.