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Baltimore's bold — and necessary — school plan
The $2.4 billion building renovation and construction plan unveiled by Baltimore City schools CEO Andrés Alonso this week represents the most far-reaching and ambitious program the city has yet come up with to break out of its cycle of poverty and disinvestment. Mr. Alonso's vision over the next 10 years calls for transforming 136 of the school system's aging buildings into state-of-the-art learning centers with well-lighted, well-equipped classrooms, libraries, media centers and athletic facilities, while closing 26 obsolete or underutilized buildings and transferring their students to new locations. This is exactly what Baltimore needs if it is to achieve Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's goal to grow its population by 10,000 new families over the next decade.
December 3, 2012