Baltimore school board signs off on closures
The board has signed off on all the proposed school closures that it was asked to vote on tonight. The vote on Harriet Tubman was 5-4, likely because of the recent investment in the school by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The vote on Samuel Banks and Thurgood Marshall was 6-3. Most of the other votes had one or two board members dissenting.
Kweisi Mfume was among dozens who showed up to oppose the merger of Paquin with Rising Star Academy. He said it would be "untenable" and a potential disaster to put 200 boys in a school with pregnant girls and infants. Paquin director Rosetta Stith urged the board to look at a new proposal to expand Paquin into an all-girls program.
So where does the Paquin proposal stand? I don't know. It wasn't on the agenda because Paquin is technically a program rather than a school, so Dr. Alonso can close or merge it without board approval.
UPDATE: The presentation of the charter school report I wrote about today as been postponed until the next meeting.
UPDATE: Dr. Alonso says the Paquin/Rising Star merger will happen unless someone gives him a proposal for another arrangement that makes better sense. He said he is open to other possibilities.