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Both buildings and curriculum important when it comes to school funding

William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chair of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, explains the Kirwan Commissions recommendations for Maryland's public schools. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

I appreciate my fellow activists and officials addressing the need for more funding for Baltimore County Public Schools and other school systems (“Maryland commission considers $4.4B increase to school funding, but advocates worry its work is too slow,” Dec. 6). It is true it is not an either or choice — building replacements or increased findings for curriculum, teachers and technologies (“Four things to keep in mind about the Kirwan Commission's $4.4 billion education plan,” Dec. 10). I have watched the board of education for almost two decades, and the priority is to have a dedicated, knowledgeable and caring superintendent and central office. Their experience and know-how should help us prioritize.

If you saw the public schools which I graduated from in the land far away, you would be amazed how dilapidated they were. Supportive families, dedicated quality teachers and a capable and wise superintendent were all that we needed. All the foreign graduates that come to America and make up a large section of our discoveries, services and innovations did not make it here in the USA because they had modern buildings.

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I trust and hope the board of education will come up with a balanced formula, like Goldilocks, just right.

Bash Pharoan

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