Baltimore mayor lays out 3-year, $180 million plan for school funding

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Friday outlined a plan to funnel an additional $180 million into the city’s schools over the course of three years.

About half the money would come from city sources, including the rainy day fund and leftover snow removal money. Under the plan, the state would make up the rest.

The money would not be enough to completely plug what is estimated to be a $130 million budget gap that the schools system faces in the coming year.

But Del. Maggie McIntosh, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said that any aid the state and city can provide will help blunt the impact of the funding gap.

“The more we can help, the fewer layoffs of teachers and the less impact to our schools,” the Baltimore Democrat said.

McIntosh said the Appropriations Committee’s revised version of Gov. Larry Hogan‘s state budget will include some $8 million for city schools. A separate bill, meanwhile, would make tweaks to the calculation of student enrollment — a key element of the state’s education funding formula.

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