Md. casinos are pumping out billions for education. So why are there school budget deficits?

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Howard needs a timeout

Howard needs a timeout

By most any standard, from high test scores to low dropout rates, the Howard County Public School System is among the best, if not the absolute finest, school system in Maryland. Even Montgomery County with all its per capita terminal degrees and spare-no-expense attitude toward public education takes a back seat to its northern neighbor more often that not.

Take SAT scores, for example. While statewide, Maryland high school students averaged 1428 in the Scholastic Aptitude Test, according to the most recent statewide report, Montgomery County students achieved an average 1629. But their counterparts in Howard County could brag of a 1641, the best of any school system in the...