Anne Arundel County Council adds more mental health positions to school budget, cuts textbook funding

The Anne Arundel County Council voted unanimously to shift about $1.4 million in the proposed fiscal year 2020 county operating budget to fund school counselors, music teachers, psychologists, personnel workers and an internal Board of Education audit. The council balanced that increase by reducing funding for textbooks and source books by the same figure — $1.4 million. School officials opposed the change because it ate into their ability to buy new books and replace others. Councilwoman Lisa Brannigan Rodvien, D-Annapolis, led the discussion on the amendment. (Balt. Sun)

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