Main problem facing city schools? Lack of state funding

I'm so glad The Sun was able to set this school funding problem straight ("Small schools, high salaries reasons for city district' budget gap," May 7). What's really driving the budget shortfall are incentive programs to retain top teaching recruits, effective albeit underpopulated elementary schools and programs for special needs children.

It is absolutely not being driven by the state legislature and the administration of former Gov. Martin O'Malley recklessly zeroing out of the inflation factor in the school funding formula in 2009, a bet at a desperate time coming fully due under less generous federal management. Perhaps The Sun could also try investigating stories it published last winter, such as reporting on the Kirwin Commission-funded study showing the state has underinvested in education to the tune of $2.6 billion.

I'm all for efficient, effective, accountable government, but you can't make something from nothing.

Christopher Warman, Baltimore

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