From the Montgomery Gazette of March 4, 2011:
“The most recent heist was the 2002 Thornton Commission, which doubled school aid from $2.8 billion (2001) to $5.7 billion (2011) without a funding source. The Thornton Commission also made the distribution criteria even more beneficial to low-wealth subdivisions. That’s why today’s Thornton state school aid formula gives $10,898 to every Baltimore student, $7,169 to every P.G. student and only $3,974 to every Montgomery student.
Remember the Thornton formula, which self-adjusts annually according to each county’s student enrollment and wealth shifts, was blessed by the politicians and education high priests as the most progressive, fair and noble approach — until now.
This year, the Thornton formula happens to reduce Baltimore’s aid by $15.3 million, reduce P.G.’s aid by $20.9 million and increase Montgomery’s aid by $33.2 million because Montgomery’s wealth (home values) plummeted and student enrollment spiked. That’s this year’s progressive, fair and noble outcome.
But instead of accepting the formula’s results, Del. [Jill] Carter [(D-Baltimore city)] and her counterparts are saying, “Screw the formula, we want more money even if it means swiping Montgomery’s share.” ”
Read the full story at the Montgomery Gazette.