School privatization vote
The Baltimore school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a contract to keep a for-profit company, Edison Schools, in charge of three city elementaries, Montebello, Gilmor and Furman Templeton. The Maryland State Department of Education contracted with the company in 2000 to run the schools, which were at the time among the lowest performing in the state. Now, because of changes in state and federal law, the state is returning control of the schools to the city school board, which must decide whether to keep Edison on. The city schools administration supports keeping the company, citing improved test scores and parental involvement at all three schools. Still, Gilmor continues to be included on a list of the state's lowest-performing schools.
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The school board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 200 E. North Ave.