By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Washington County schools could see an additional $1.3 million in state funding next year as part of a deal Maryland lawmakers are crafting to combat statewide opposition to a court settlement for Baltimore City schools.
"We would welcome it. This is good news," said county Board of Education President B. Marie Byers.
But not all view the legislative gold rush, in which $44 million in new school funds would be spread across the state, is good news. Del D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, said the state is spending money it doesn't have. And if it had the money, he would rather see it be spent on areas like improving state parks and giving state workers a pay raise.
"This is absurd. This is absolutely absurd," Poole said.
A joint House of Delegates committee met Thursday night to review the proposal. The plan could reach the House floor by early next week.