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Pugh confronts schools deficit, high crime in first 100 days as Baltimore mayor

Pugh confronts schools deficit, high crime in first 100 days as Baltimore mayor

Within days of her inauguration in December, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faced pressure from advocacy groups to complete an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to curb police misconduct before the Trump administration took office.

She got the deal done; it's now being considered by a federal judge.

Then she was confronted with a $130 million deficit in the city school budget and the threat of widespread teacher layoffs.

On Friday, after weeks of negotiations with state lawmakers, she proposed a $180 million, three-year plan to increase city and state funding for schools. She awaits the response of the General Assembly and governor.

All the while, she's...

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