Rebuilding Baltimore's schools

I applaud Sun writers Erica L. Green and Julie Scharper for their article exploring the poor physical condition of most Baltimore City public school facilities ("Candidates would spend more on schools," Aug. 7).

I was, however, disappointed to note that the article failed to mention the Baltimore City Council's recent passage of legislation I authored, along with Councilman James Kraft (District 1), that will appear as a referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland found that bringing Baltimore's stock of public school facilities up to code would cost roughly $2.8 billion. Since my education charter amendment has been the only tangible response to this daunting problem, I'm a little surprised that the writers failed to report it.

To be fair, the cost of repairing the city's schools will require sacrifice and hard work on the part of all branches of government, as well as Baltimore's citizens. And my education charter amendment is not a silver bullet. But the failure to cite the recent action taken by the council does a disservice to the effort to reform Baltimore's public school infrastructure.

Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Baltimore City Council.

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