Anne Arundel Has Withdrawn Maintenance of Effort Request
Anne Arundel County has withdrawn its request to be exempt from a state educational requirement mandating that funding be maintained per pupil each year, state board of education officials said Monday.
The requirement, known as maintenance of effort, says that school systems must spend as much to educate each student during the upcoming school year as it did the previous year. In March, Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold submitted a waiver request from the requirement, marking the first time the county had done so.
County board of education officials opposed the executive’s move and last week asked the state to dismiss Leopold's request.
Leopold withdrew the request the following day, stating that the county will meet the requirement when it includes a debt service line item in the budget, a move opposed by the school board.
In addition to Anne Arundel, Kent County, Montgomery County, Queen Anne's County, Talbot County and Wicomico County all filed waiver requests from maintenance of effort. All except Wicomico County have withdrawn their requests.