While it pulls at everyone’s heart strings to see any student bundled in coats, gloves and hats during a school day, these images are the consequence of something much larger than broken boilers. These conditions in Baltimore City are the result of institutionalized racism and injustices.
Misplaced as the Hogan/Franchot obsession with school air conditioning may now seem, it isn't to blame for the heat problems in city schools. The leadership failures that got us to this point are far more profound than that.
We have a multiple generations of undereducated citizens who are ill-equipped to compete for higher paying, professional roles. This is not because they lack the intellect or drive, but because of a systematic failure to provide quality education to children and families.
Baltimore City schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises says the district is on the way to upgrading its physical facilities, adopting best practices to boost student achievement and stabilizing its finances.
The Baltimore Teachers Union has filed a second grievance over the layoff of teachers and aides last week, saying city schools administrators failed to provide required notice that would allow union leaders to try and save the jobs.