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Prince George's County school board approves $1.79B budget

Saturday - 6/28/2014, 2:16pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- The Prince George's County school board approved a $1.79 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015, a $107 million increase from the current budget of $1.68 billion, according to school system information.

The approved budget allows the county school system to expand certain academic programs -- in in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), creative and performing arts and language immersion -- and "raise expectations for academic achievement," Schools' CEO Kevin M. Maxwell said in a statement. "We reduced costs in some areas, which enabled us to channel funds to support our goals to expand successful academic programs and attract and retain highly qualified staff."

For the new budget, the Prince George's school system received $1 billion from the state, $630 million from county taxpayers, $103 million from the federal government and $18 million from school board sources.

Click here for more information about the fiscal 2015 budget.

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