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Baltimore mayor, schools CEO seek schools funding

Wednesday - 2/29/2012, 10:53am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and schools CEO Andres Alonso have joined forces in an effort to renovate the city's crumbling schools.

On Tuesday, the Baltimore officials asked lawmakers in Annapolis to provide the state's annual contribution for school construction as a block grant. That would allow the city to use the funds to leverage bonds to address an estimated $2.8 billion in needed school renovations and construction.

Previously, Rawlings-Blake and Alonso have been pushing separate school renovation plans.

A bill discussed Tuesday would require $32 million annually from the state. That's less than what the city received in recent years for school construction.

The Baltimore Sun ( http://bsun.md/ABITET) reports the state Department of Legislative Services has warned that using state funds to leverage bonds could negatively affect Maryland's credit rating.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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