A school's physical environment has a direct, measurable impact on the performance level of students and teachers. Outdated buildings, without good science and computer labs or libraries, limit what and how we can teach today's students for tomorrow's jobs. Last year, 45 schools were forced to close for nearly 35 days because of maintenance problems ranging from electricity shortages to carbon monoxide leaks. Despite these alarming conditions, the Mayor has repeatedly delayed the release of her plan to deal with our schools' crumbling infrastructure. Baltimore's children deserve better, and as Mayor, I will prioritize the rehabilitation and replacement of schools based on need, condition, and enrollment.