Legislation to allow Baltimore City to fund the repair or replacement of more than 50 school buildings has been given final approval in the Maryland General Assembly, sending the bill to Governor Martin O'Malley for his signature.
The House of Delegates voted 101-30 on Tuesday night to approve with changes the Senate made to the bill last night.
The funding plan will enable the city to issue about $1 billion in bonds. Supporters say that will help build 15 new schools and renovate up to 40 others.
The bonds would be made possible by funding from the state, the city and the city school system. They would contribute $20 million a year each for 30 years.