Baltimore principals say budget changes leave them shortchanged

May 20, 2008
Decentralized budget authority leaves many small schools with inadequate funds

As Baltimore principals use newfound autonomy to craft budgets for their schools, some say they don't have enough money to cover all their expenses. A new, decentralized funding structure for city schools seeks to rectify years of inequities while giving principals the authority to make decisions previously handled by the central office. That's good news for neighborhood high schools, which have been underfunded in the past. But small schools, many of them elementaries, will have to make do with less now that they're being funded based on the number of students they enroll.

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