A steep spike in state-mandated education funding will strain Baltimore’s budget for the coming year, limiting opportunities for new spending, the proposed budget unveiled by Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday showed. The $4.4 billion spending plan includes $392.6 million in required education spending, more than 11% of the city’s $3.5 billion in operating expenses. That figure represents $79.4 million more than Baltimore spent on education in fiscal year 2023, the first year since the implementation of the state Blueprint for Maryland’s Future plan, a 10-year effort to improve education by injecting billions of dollars into public schools, though local systems are responsible for providing some of the funding.
Proposed Baltimore budget includes hike in education spending required by Blueprint: ‘It was a gut punch’
April 7, 2023