Advocates for Children and Youth studied five Maryland school districts and found that many programs designed to help low-income students have been dropped, despite passage of the landmark Thornton education law. This year, the state received $491 million more than it would have if the Thornton funding formula had not been enacted, with most of the funds going to the districts studied, but, combined, those districts are spending less on poor students than they were before, according to the study.

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