County backing financial boost for special education
By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer
The Washington County Commissioners and the Board of Education back a recommended increase in state special education funding, noting that costs have risen by more than $8 million over the last 15 years.
Commissioners president Gregory I. Snook and Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett at a recent public hearing addressed the Maryland Commission on Education, Finance, Equity and Excellence, a group formed to review education financing formulas and accountability and make recommendations on how state funding needs to be improved.
Snook said unless state education funding is increased, the County Commissioners could be forced to raise taxes.
A draft interim report of the Maryland Commission's findings recommends increasing state special education funding by $42.3 million, among other findings.
"We in Washington County wholeheartedly endorse this recommendation," Bartlett testified before the commission. "State funding levels for special education have remained essentially unchanged for almost two decades."