Annapolis, MD - Mar. 31, 2023 - Rabbi Ariel Sadwin has reported to BJL that the budget conference committee has just reached a compromise on BOOST:

    $9 million for BOOST scholarships, with no phaseout language.

However, they have added:

    (A) $2.5 million for school safety improvements and/or medical costs.
    (B) $3.5 million for post-COVID educational uses (via GEER).

These funds are in addition to:

    $6.5 million for textbooks and technology funds.
    $3.5 million for aging schools updates.

Hate crimes safety grants, which include $3 million for schools and $5 million separately, are not part of this update.

More details will be posted next week.