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Valentine Says Recommended Increase In Education Funding Could Be Devastating To County’s Budget

December 10th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

A Maryland commission is recommending the state increase spending on K-12 education by an estimated $4.4 billion a year about a decade from now- and Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine says he has some concerns.  The panel known as the Kirwan Commission released the estimated costs at a meeting last week in Annapolis. It will make final recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly in a final report by the end of the year. The recommended increases would begin in the next fiscal year, when they would total about $807 million. They go up each year for a decade. The increases are in four main areas. They include early childhood education such as pre-K programs, teacher pay, college and career readiness and additional resources for at-risk students.  Valentine, a member of the commission, said the proposals on the table potential could be devastating for the county’s budget picture…


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