The Maryland House of Delegates has passed legislation to provide $2.2 billion in school construction funding—on top of current school projects—by fiscal year 2020. Local educational authorities must give priority to older schools with significant facility deficiencies, schools with high concentrations of students in poverty and schools that are overcrowded. Read more.
More construction news:
North Carolina House members announced a competing proposal to avoid borrowing money for school construction and to rely instead on the regular state budget. The plan would raise some $6.5 billion over 10 years, split among K-12 schools, community colleges, state agencies, universities and a rural broadband initiative. Read more.
State of Washington school districts will continue to need a 60 percent supermajority to pass bond measures after a bill died on the Senate floor. The bill would have lowered the threshold to a simple majority. Read more.