Editorial - A package we can back
A new $61.5 million aid package proposed for Maryland's public schools by Gov. Parris Glendening appears to be a winner because it distributes funds on a need-based formula instead of according to an area's political clout. From what we've seen so far, this is a measure worth backing.
Glendening was under pressure to come up with a new formula because of last year's out-of-court settlement, which gives the Baltimore City schools $250 million in new money over five years.
In return the state got a measure of control over that city's school board. But resentment ran high around the state because Baltimore was one of the few areas to back Glendening during his first run for governor, and because the out-of-court settlement was seen as an invitation for other cash-strapped systems, like Prince George's County, to try the ploy themselves.