With bipartisan help from sympathetic lawmakers, Baltimore won a House committee's approval Tuesday for a $1 billion plan to replace and repair old schools.
The Appropriations Committee voted 21-3 to send the plan to the House floor. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch agreed on the legislation this week.
Fixing the city's ailing schools is a top priority of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore schools chief Andrés Alonso and city legislators.
Under the proposal, the state, city and school system would each kick in $20 million a year over at least 30 years to back bonds. The money would let the city launch an accelerated program to build about 15 new schools and to renovate about 35 more.