Two weeks after one councilman declared Anne Arundel County "at war" with local schools over a $5 million funding dispute, the County Council unanimously voted Monday to hand over the cash.

The county and schools were at odds over how to resolve the outstanding tab, which arose when state officials determined that Anne Arundel did not give the school system the minimum funding required by state law.

While the amount of money was small in relation to the schools' overall budget, the bill took on outsized political significance. Council members accused school officials of reneging on a deal. School officials, meanwhile, accused the county of valuing power and control over children's' educations.

The plan passed 7-0 Monday by the council gives the schools $5 million out of the county's savings, but two Republican council members' remarks implied that the war had not ended.

Council Chairman Derek Fink said the "Board of Education's getting one over on us." Councilman John Grasso, who two weeks ago said the council was "at war," replied, "Not for long, my friend."

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