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Baltimore city schools officials said Tuesday that they will reverse an earlier decision to cut summer school programs.

The city's chief academic officer said at a public hearing the district will re-appropriate $250,000 to fully restore an Advanced Placement Summer Academy for high school students, as well as programming for elementary school students.

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The popular AP academy, held for the past three years at Digital Harbor High School, offered an opportunity for high school students to hone skills needed for advanced placement classes.

School board members said they'd also like to see other programs aimed at advanced students increased, rather than simply maintained.

The decision was revealed Tuesday as Baltimore city schools CEO Gregory Thornton proposed a $1.3 billion budget that includes fewer central office staff, more classroom teachers and a series of changes at the school district headquarters.

A public forum will be held on the budget April 21, and the board is scheduled to vote on the package April 28.

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