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Stop the blame game over the state of Baltimore schools

Stop the blame game over the state of Baltimore schools

As a state senator and the CEO of an education finance company, respectively, we have independently expressed healthy doses of frustration and criticism over local school spending and state funding. But the problems we are witnessing in Baltimore this year with school building infrastructure are far bigger and older than the recent tenure of schools CEO Sonja Santelises or the first term of Gov. Larry Hogan. Continuing to volley the blame of decades of accumulated underinvestment serves no one — especially not city students.

The lack of air-conditioning is just the latest in a series of mismanagement accusations that are wildly decontextualized from reality and data....

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