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Baltimore City schools need to be fully funded

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has not endorsed the equitable education funding recommended by the Kirwan Commission. File.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has not endorsed the equitable education funding recommended by the Kirwan Commission. File. (Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

As an educator, I recognize and commend Gov. Larry Hogan’s commitment to education. But we must acknowledge that disparities still exist, and they are emblematic of system that failed to properly fund Baltimore City Public Schools (“Cut the act, Gov. Hogan. You know Baltimore schools — and plenty of others — are being shortchanged,” Jan. 24).

Dismissing the ACLU’s letter on the matter undermines efforts to correct years of racialized policies that created a gap between “the haves” and “have-nots.” Baltimore City students can no longer wait patiently for the state to develop an equitable formula. The governor must act in good faith to address the ACLU’s concerns — and the concerns of Baltimore students, parents and educators — so we can close the opportunity gap between black and white students.

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A short-term budget increase will benefit city schools, but it will not erase decades of neglect. We must dramatically increase funding to ensure Baltimore students have the skills to compete in the global economy.

Larry Walker, Baltimore

The writer is a lecturer in educational leadership at Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education.

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