The State Board of Education voted yesterday to shift hundreds of thousands of dollars in a federal aid program from Maryland's more affluent school districts to Baltimore and districts in rural areas that have a high number of poor students.
Under the new distribution formula, Baltimore stands to gain about $500,000. The big loser appears to be Prince George's County, which stands to lose about $300,000. The other districts in the metropolitan area would all lose -- but in amounts ranging from about $79,000 for Baltimore County to about $16,000 for Carroll County.
Those figures assume no change in a district's total enrollment, in the percentage of disadvantaged students in a district, and in the overall allotment of federal funds available under the so-called Chapter 2 program -- intended to supplement educational funding in target areas determined by states.