On Tuesday, the Baltimore school board voted unanimously to approve city schools CEO Andres Alonso’s massive — we’re talking $2.4 billion spent over ten years — school construction plan, which would close 26 schools and renovate 136 others.
Now Alonso’s just got to convince the General Assembly to go for the plan, which has some vocal opposition. Local activist Rev. C.D. Witherspoon has called for a deeper look at the methods that produced the plan. President of Baltimore’s principals union Jimmy Gittings thinks the focus on facilities is wrongheaded. He’d rather see the district take a moment to address the “loss or mismanagement of hundreds of millions of dollars” revealed in a state audit.
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