Sunday, April 3, 2016
Mont. Co. Delegate Aruna Miller Ripped Air Conditioning Funding from Balt. Public School Students Last Week
City of Baltimore and Baltimore County public school students are still going to school in buildings without air conditioning. The school buildings are old, and in some cases have been renovated to have lower ceilings and new windows that only partially open. Here is a Baltimore Sun article about the public schools in Maryland without air conditioning.
The Maryland public school construction funding process regulations did not allow State funds to be used for window air conditioners. So, the Board of Public Works (Hogan/Franchot/Kopp) changed the rule so that State funds could be used to purchase window unit air conditioners.
Last week, in a behind closed doors legislative Conference Committee, 10 legislators met to finalize the Capital Budget. In the process of finalizing the Capital Budget, these 10 legislators slipped in a little surprise. Without notice to the public, they inserted an amendment in the Capital Budget (page 9 shown in italics) that will prevent State funds from being used to purchase window air conditioning units for public schools this year.
Below is the list of 10 legislators and the video response from Baltimore County parents.
We previously posted Comptroller Peter Franchot's response to this amendment.
At the bottom of this post is the response from the Montgomery County Delegate who was on this committee and signed off on the amendment to block the window air conditioner funding, Delegate Aruna Miller. Delegate Miller responds that schools are only hot 2 months of the year and that the schools will get AC by 2021 anyway.