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Marc Steiner

Don't shut down Banneker Blake Academy

Don't shut down Banneker Blake Academy

On Nov. 13, the Baltimore school board voted to close Banneker Blake Academy, a charter middle school for boys (“Founder of Banneker Blake Academy in Baltimore vows appeal of school’s closure,” Nov. 20). Hundreds of parents, teachers and community activists have expressed outrage at this decision. They have organized protests and public demonstrations to keep the school open. We share their alarm and believe the closure of Banneker Blake raises serious questions about the management of city schools.

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