Working Group Considers Overhaul of School Construction Funding

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Maryland legislators are considering a new, complicated formula to restructure the way school construction money is allocated in the hopes of targeting systems with the most need. The draft formula, which would replace the current system that distributes state aid proportionally to all of the state’s 24 subdivisions, had trouble gaining traction with several members of the Work Group on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, according to The Daily Record. These members expressed difficulty understanding the complex formula and concern over explaining it to their constituents. Sen. Douglas Peters, D-Prince George’s, one of four legislators—all Democrats—on the panel offered this assessment of the formula. “I feel like we’re in AP calculus here.”