On Tuesday the Baltimore City School Board will vote on a massive plan to overhaul dozens of city schools.
The plan would take 10 years to complete, and cost $2.4 billion.
In all, 26 schools would close, including four at the end of the current school year. Garrison Middle School in Northwest Baltimore is one of those; Linda Knight was hoping her daughter would have the same positive experience here as her son.
“At one point he wasn't good at reading and math and things like that, but since he's been here they have gotten his reading level up, his math level up,” she said.
Supporters of the plan say the schools have been chosen carefully; Knight says that can't be the case for Garrison.
“I don't think it's a problem school because my kids haven't had any problems since they've been here. I think it's a great school,” she said.
Meanwhile Jimmy Gittings, who leads the union representing some 600 principals and school administrators from the system is also critical.
“I'm making it very clear, that I will not and cannot support this 10-year plan,” he said.
He says he's been promised that administrators from schools that close will be offered similar positions elsewhere.
But his concern as the school system attempts to secure the $2.4 billion -- much of it from the state – is a recent audit that revealed wasteful spending and mismanagement under schools CEO Dr. Andrés Alonso.
“They need to get their own house in order before they ask for any additional monies,” Gittings said.
The school board is likely to approve the plan; it would then be up to legislators in Annapolis to begin discussing it, when their session opens on Thursday.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Inside the Baltimore Police Department's watch center is the hub from which city police can view hundreds of crime cameras, pull up street corners and follow suspicious activity sometimes in progress; fancy hardware increasingly complimenting witty software.
ABC2 Investigators uncover Baltimore Police officers making huge amounts of overtime as the agency downplays the total amount spent on OT.
Scripps reviewed dozens of lawsuits and spoke with former insiders who all allege the companies that handle Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s asbestos and pollution claims, wrongfully delay or deny payment to cancer victims...
More Baltimore City News
By now you’ve seen the videos and heard the hype about the so-called “knockout game”. It’s being dismissed by some as hysteria or media hype, but some assault victims in Baltimore believe it’s happened to them.