Baltimore Schools Close After Unheated Classrooms Hit 40 Degrees

Baltimore Public Schools were closed on January 4, after parents and teachers complained about classrooms that had turned frigid due to plumbing and heating issues. And there's no exaggeration when it comes to the temperature.

Frederick Douglass High School was one of six schools to close Wednesday.

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.

Since 2009, city schools have lost out on about $66 million in state funding for repairs after approved projects fell through, in order to prevent waste, according to state records.

Frigid winter weather and driving snow gripped the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday and forced schools up and down the eastern seaboard to close.

Complaints about a lack of heat have been lodged in almost 40 percent of school system buildings. "Most were wearing coats, but some don't have them".

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Instead of bringing the heat on opposing quarterbacks, former Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin is trying to help keep students warm this winter. "Just in case anyone gives a damn", the caption read. Maybin also posted a video on Twitter of himself and some of his students discussing not having heat in their classroom. Maybin's initial tweet direction people to the page has more than 1,100 retweets as of Thursday afternoon.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, who began his career with the Baltimore Ravens after attending Maryland, runs an after-school program in the city.

"Numerous problems were identified and resolved", said Santelises.

The decision to close all schools is hard since so many families rely on the free meals and after-school programs provided by the city. I texted her back and said are you joking? "Our young people are, in many cases, safest at school". They deserve air conditioning in their classrooms in the summer. "That should be a basic assumption", said Senator Bill Ferguson. "In fact, we provided more than the formulas called for".

Hogan says he has put "billions of dollars" into the city's school budget and into the 21 Century Schools program that will build dozens of new schools to replace aging ones, but city lawmakers say the schools also need sufficient money each year to maintain the existing aging schools.


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