Legislation Would Target School Overcrowding

Decision by the Harford County Council in Maryland delayed in considering a bill designed to slow residential development to ease overcrowding in public schools.
July 13, 2003, 5am PDT | Connie Chung
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The Harford County Council is considering a bill "designed to slow residential development with hopes of easing the crowding in public schools....Under the bill, preliminary approval for new houses would be halted in a school district when school enrollment exceeded specified levels. It also would halt development of homes - even those having preliminary approval - if they were in school zones where any school's enrollment exceeded rated capacity by 20 percent or was projected to do so within five years." One opponent suggests building more public schools to ease the overcrowding, asserting that solutions like building moratoria will "not solve the school problem."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 in The Baltimore Sun
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