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Maryland school construction bill scheduled for hearing

Maryland Democratic leaders announce bills to fund school construction and education priorities on November 6 at Forest Heights Elementary School.

A measure to steer significantly more money to school construction in Maryland is scheduled for a hearing in Annapolis.

The measure known as the “Built to Learn Act” is set for a hearing Thursday in the House Appropriations Committee.

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Governor Larry Hogan visits Highland Park Elementary School in Landover to announce a plan to fund $3.5 billion in school construction projects across the state. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)

Under the plan, $2.2 billion in additional funding would go to school construction over several years.

It would be financed by bonds through the Maryland Stadium Authority, and the debt would be paid by $125 million annually from casino revenue that goes to the state for education.

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The proposal is separate from a sweeping plan to spend billions of dollars over the next decade for needs inside the classroom.

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