Parents join effort to push for renovated schools
A campaign called Transform Baltimore has been taking shape as city activists make the rounds of back-to-school nights around the city to get parents to join a coalition that has been building to get the city's schools renovated or rebuilt. So far Transform Baltimore has gotten a warm reception at 49 of the first 50 schools they have gone to around the city, according to Bebe Verdery, the ACLU of Maryland's education director. The group has created a video which can be viewed on its website to show what can be done with federal stimulus funds to improve a school.
As the efforts get rolling in the city there's a separate campaign building among parents in Baltimore County who live along the York Road corridor from Hereford down to the city line where overcrowding has become a constant problem, particularly in the elementary schools.
At the most recent county school board meeting there was some good news on the horizon. The county school system is apparently in the planning stages to build a large elementary school on either land it owns in Mays Chapel or slightly to the east. But that doesn't solve the overcrowding problem which is expected to continue long into the future. Together the city and the county have a $4.9 billion need. The question now is whether city and county leaders will respond to the ground swell of concern by citizens on both sides of the city line.