By Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to an education funding measure.

The Senate voted 45-0 Friday for the bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan. It marks the beginning of what lawmakers plan to be a major investment in education to start implementing recommendations of state commission.

The measure increases education funding by more than $1 billion over the next three years. The money is for raising teacher pay and implementing programs to help low-income and special education students.

Lawmakers included $255 million in the state budget for the next fiscal year to begin implementing the recommendations. The measure includes $355 million more for fiscal year 2021. Another $500 million would be allocated in fiscal year 2022, but $130 million would be contingent on raising new revenue.

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