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Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County schools back away from seeking large budget increase

Baltimore County school leaders have backed away from an ambitious budget proposal after the county executive quietly summoned board members to his office and told them to reduce the request. Superintendent Dallas Dance had proposed a $1.5 billion budget to meet the needs of the county system, which ranks 13th in per pupil spending in the state. But after County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's private meetings with school board members, Dance has cut $18 million from the request. That change, and the private meetings that led to it, have drawn criticism. While the proposal still gives teachers a raise, pays for an enrollment increase of about 1,000 students, and funds laptops for first...