In a long-sought victory for Baltimore, the Maryland Senate voted Friday for a plan that will provide $1 billion to launch an unprecedented systemwide drive to rebuild and renovate the city's crumbling school buildings.
Supporters of an ambitious plan to rebuild Baltimore's crumbling schools predict a large turnout Monday night when they gather in Annapolis for a rally in support of the plan, which faces a uphill battle to win passage in the General Assembly.
Citing inaccurate and outdated information in the Baltimore school system's sweeping 10-year facilities plan, the alumni association of Northwestern High School are suing the school system in an effort to halt the school's closure in 2016.
In response to a school system that many believed had long failed young, black boys, a school hoping to change that trajectory began to take shape seven years ago in a small, East Baltimore neighborhood.
By By Erica L. Green and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun
Some Baltimore legislators, determined to win state approval of the city's ambitious plan to launch a $2.4 billion, 10-year overhaul of the state's aging school facilities, are actively considering bringing in the Maryland Stadium Authority to provide construction expertise and financial oversight.
The Baltimore school system's $2.4 billion plan to modernize its buildings was met with praise from state lawmakers Thursday who commended the city's commitment to detailing its vision, but the blueprint fell short of garnering the endorsement of the state's public school construction agency.
The Baltimore school board approved Tuesday a sweeping plan that would close or renovate more than 150 schools, with the goal of bringing the oldest school infrastructure in the state up to 21st-century standards in one decade.
Terrell Carr and his mother, Niesha Carr, have loved his experience at William C. March Middle. From the Arabic classes in which he's excelled to the quality of the instruction, both have nothing but good things to say about the school. And they are disappointed that it might close at the end of the year.