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For city schools, a promising vision
The proposal to rapidly overhaul Baltimore's aging school facilities that district CEO Andrés Alonso presented to a state Senate committee last week represents one of the most important and innovative ideas the city has offered in recent years to break out of its cycle of poverty and disinvestment. Baltimore cannot flourish without high-quality public schools, and although students have made impressive gains in recent years, the city will not be able to attract and retain families if children are trying to learn in dilapidated facilities. The city and state are investing tens of millions of dollars a year in repairs and renovations, but that is accomplishing little more than slowing the decay of Maryland's oldest stock of school buildings. What's needed is a complete overhaul, and the approach Mr. Alonso has adopted offers the best chance to achieve it.
January 29, 2012