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Panel launches study of how Maryland builds schools

Panel launches study of how Maryland builds schools

A commission set up by General Assembly leaders has launched the first comprehensive examination of Maryland's school construction program in 12 years, looking for ways to hold down costs while building better places to learn.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who created the commission, appeared at the initial meeting of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission Thursday to stress the importance of its mission.

Busch said that while the state spends roughly $300 million a year helping local governments build and renovate schools, it seems to be falling behind in many counties.

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