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City Council announces budget deal

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Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 06:46:45-04

City Council members announced a budget deal at a Wednesday afternoon hearing in support of community schools and after school funding.

City Council President Jack Young announced to a cheering crowd at the Baltimore Youth Rising Hearing that the Council and the mayor had reached a deal on the city's budget. 

Budget Committee Chair Zeke Cohen thanked the Mayor and said he appreciated her focus on prioritizing Baltimore’s children. The agreement includes:

  • *$10.4 million for city schools over the next three years
  • * $150,000 for the Maryland Food Bank
  • *$170, 000 for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
  • *$176, 000 for the AARP Experience Corps
  • $1.5 million to support Safe Streets 
  • $2.58 million to support community schools and after school programs

Cohen said he and Young are sending a letter to Mayor Pugh Thursday outlining details of how the school money should be spent.

The letter focuses on three areas including; leadership training for principals, middle grade initiatives and programming in community schools.

The final vote is expected to take place at next Monday's City Council meeting.