Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. ruled yesterday that county governments will be able to slash teacher pay and make detailed cuts in existing school budgets this year under a bill cutting $80 million in local aid. The bill, enacted by the General Assembly a week ago and scheduled for Gov. William Donald Schaefer's signature today, would allow counties to make cuts despite the existence of signed teacher contracts. Teacher union officials say they will challenge the ruling in court.
The Evening Sun wants to know if you think counties should have the right to make these cuts in school budgets or if the counties should be forced to abide by the contracts.
Call SUNDIAL, the Baltimore Sun's telephone information system, on a Touch-Tone phone. The call is local, and answers will be registered between 10 a.m. and midnight. The SUNDIAL phone number is 783-1800 or, in Anne Arundel County, 268-7736. When you reach SUNDIAL, enter category 4600 and wait for instructions.
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