Congressional budget would cut city school aid House-approved plan reduces funding by nearly $9 million

April 11, 1996|By Mike Bowler | Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF

Baltimore could lose $8.8 million in school aid under the 1996 federal budget approved by the House of Representatives last month and now in conference with the Senate.

Third District Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and state school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick held a news conference yesterday at a Baltimore County elementary school to protest the proposed cuts, which they said would cost Maryland $33 million.

The largest share of the reduction, $14.5 million, would be in Title I, the government's major program for poor children, according to Dr. Grasmick.

House Republicans, who engineered the budget reduction, are trying to eliminate Goals 2000, a nationwide effort to bolster school standards and a favorite of the Clinton administration.

Another program, "impact aid," which compensates school districts for the loss of revenue from tax-exempt federal property, has been targeted by presidents of both political parties for 25 years. Reductions in Goals 2000 and impact aid would cost Maryland $12.2 million, according to Dr. Grasmick.

At Riverview Elementary in Lansdowne, Mr. Cardin noted that the cuts would come just as the state is projecting a 10.5 percent increase in enrollment by 2002. In addition to the city's $8.8 million loss, Baltimore County would lose $2.2 million, Anne Arundel $1.8 million, Harford $996,000 and Howard $428,000, in the House-approved budget.

Pub Date: 4/11/96

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