Maryland Senate Committee Passes New School Construction Bill

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After winning a 107-30 vote in the Maryland House of Delegates last week, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee unanimously passed the Baltimore City School Construction bill March 27.  

Members of the AFT-Maryland legislative team testified March 26 before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, supporting the legislation that would finance new school construction in Baltimore. Modified by legislators, the bill now proposes only $1.5 billion for new school construction.

Originally the bill proposed $2.5 billion for that purpose. The new version of the bill also eliminates the creation of a New School Construction authority and places responsibility for new school financing in the city’s Stadium Authority.