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Harford school board approves budget request with $100K more for equity and diversity initiatives

Harford school board approves budget request with $100K more for equity and diversity initiatives

The fiscal 2019 operating budget request for Harford County Public Schools increased Monday by $100,000, from $466.1 million to $466.2 million, after the Board of Education added the money to support the HCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, but with no uses for the money specified.

After adopting the amendment, requested by board member Rachel Gauthier, the board approved the full budget, which will next go to Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, who will determine the amount of county funding to provide. It is the school budget’s largest revenue source.

Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency is charged with improving “academic performance for all students...

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