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The benefits of Baltimore's school renovation and repair program must be shared equitably

A recent column written in part by the president of the Johns Hopkins University urged lawmakers to back a massive school renovation and repair program in Baltimore City ("New schools, new city," March 20). But given past history, it's fair to ask whether the kind of public-private partnerships cited in the commentary will truly benefit the most needy residents of the East Baltimore communities adjacent to this powerful institution.

The schools in East Baltimore lead the city in low educational performance. In 20 years, will the proposal for a public-private partnership to create a new school run by the Johns Hopkins University benefit local residents, or will it only...