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Friday, March 12, 2010

Md. General Assembly waives $23 million Montgomery education fine

Schools fine waived
Washington Post
Michael Birnbaum

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 130 to 5 Thursday to waive a $23.4 million fine that had been levied against the Montgomery County public schools this year because the county failed to meet minimum levels of education spending in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

A similar bill passed the Maryland Senate last month, and though some procedural steps remain before the change becomes final (the Senate and the House have yet to pass identical bills), school officials are breathing easier.

The bills waive the minimum spending levels, called "maintenance of effort," for the current fiscal year, and therefore eliminate the penalty associated with the County Government not fulfilling those requirements.

The possible $23.4 Million cut to FY 2009-2010 has now been resolved and MCPS will not have to make them.

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