Local officials will seek more school funding

October 28, 1997


Staff Writer

Local school officials will ask the Maryland General Assembly this year to increase state funding for schools in an attempt to equalize the amount of money spent on different county school systems.

Washington County ranked third from the bottom last year in how much it costs the county per year to educate a child, according to the Maryland Department of Education.

Washington County spends $5,781 per student, according to statistics. Montgomery County, with the highest spending ratio, spends $7,887 a year per child, according to the state Department of Education.


The average amount of money spent on students is $6,446, according to Washington County Board of Education President B. Marie Byers.

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education passed a proposed amendment earlier this month asking that the General Assembly and governor increase state aid to make it equitable across the state.

Local lawmakers could not be reached for comment Monday.

Byers said raising Washington County's funding level to match Montgomery County's "would be a far shot."

But school officials would be happy if per pupil funding were increased by $500 to $1,000, Byers said.

The numbers are based on state, local and federal funding to school districts.

Byers said one of the reasons the numbers are low here is because the school system is not adequately funded by the Washington County Commissioners.

School board member Doris J. Nipps said there is a "moral obligation" to increase funding for local students.

Nipps, however, said its hard to tell whether the level of education is any different between Washington and Montgomery counties.

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