Baltimore searches for ways to address $2.8 billion in school facility improvements

Nov. 23, 2010
Task force will analyze options for upgrading city school buildings

From The Baltimore Sun: A 10-member task force will analyze sources of revenue, legislative changes and financing options to pay for an estimated $2.8 billion in construction and improvements that are needed in Baltimore's public schools, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says. Many city schools lack functioning heating and air conditioning, and have windows that do not open and electrical systems that are unable to support computers and other devices, according to a report released in the summer by the American Civil Liberties Union, which called on the city to seek funding solutions for capital projects at schools. The task force members will look at changing rules for seeking bonds, directing tax proceeds for school improvements and examining how school systems elsewhere paid for sweeping overhauls

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