Baltimore school system passes $1.2B budget

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Baltimore school board unanimously passed a $1.2 billion budget Monday that essentially remained intact since it was presented.

The last budget of outgoing schools CEO Andrés Alonso includes cuts to per-pupil funding and high schools but retains spending power for principals and adds academic programs.

The $793 million that would go to schools represents a 36 percent increase since 2008, when Alonso implemented the "Fair Student Funding" structure — which funds schools based on enrollment and gives principals autonomy over their budgets and hiring.

However, the per-pupil base amount all schools receive will decrease by $40 next year, because overall enrollment is expected to increase. Charter schools will receive $139 more in per-pupil funding because their funding formula is tied to district revenue, which increased.

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