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.
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.