Baltimore spending panel approves after-school program funding plan

Baltimore's spending panel approved a deal Wednesday to provide $1.85 million in funding to after-school programs.

The five-member Board of Estimates signed off on the plan, which involves the Baltimore City Foundation passing funds to smaller nonprofits, without any debate or comment.

The money for the programs had been at the heart of a bitter funding battle between Mayor Catherine Pugh and members of the City Council this summer. Pugh’s budget cut the funding; the council demanded that it be restored.

The programs are designed to teach children about music, the law and technology, among other things.

The board also signed off on $350,000 for the Safe Streets program in East Baltimore, another initiative caught in the budget fight. Safe Streets hires reformed criminals to try to intervene in disputes before they turn violent.

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