Baltimore Schools Close After Unheated Classrooms Hit 40 Degrees

Baltimore Schools Close After Unheated Classrooms Hit 40 Degrees

It's one of Maryland's highest-performing high schools. "And nobody in this city, including me, wants folks sitting around in coats and in mittens all day for the entire day".

On Wednesday, Maybin and a slew of other Baltimore educators posted on social media about schools lacking heat and lights but still requiring students to attend classes.

"It's really ridiculous the kind of environment we place our children into and expect them to get an education", Maybin said. There are only so many layers kids can be expected to wear, right?

The news comes as the city teachers' union demanded closures in numerous schools where heating systems were failing during a week of frigid temperatures. "This means that we keep school buildings open, even when conditions are sometimes less than ideal".

She said many schools contain leaky windows and outdated heating systems that make maintenance hard. "And we also want to make sure that students can get the services and supports that many families rely on (such as) warm meals and before-and after-school care".

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On Jan. 3, four schools shut down because of facilities problems, but the rest remained open despite temperatures that hovered around 40 degrees Fahrenheit inside, reported NPR.

"At the start of the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday in Annapolis, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, a Democrat, admonished Hogan, saying his focus on adding air conditioning to schools might have diverted money from other priorities".

A gofund.me effort to raise money for space heaters and winter coats was at just over $8,000 at around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Maybin, a Baltimore native, spent four seasons in the National Football League from 2009-2012. One teacher told WJZ that some teachers have brought space heaters to school. "Thank you to everyone that has donated so far".

With schools closed Thursday, Maybin said he will be out collecting items the students need.

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