Baltimore County's school superintendent insists that his department's budget must be bolstered by $55 million next year -- just to maintain the status quo. People must realize, Robert Dubel said, that the school system will be forced to accommodate 4,000 more students.
This, we are confident, comes as a revelation to no one, least of all County Executive Roger Hayden -- erstwhile school board president. The seeming contradiction of spiraling school enrollment, which has long been projected, coupled with promises to cut spending haunted Hayden's campaign last fall. And the candidate responded by repeating his promise to voters like a mantra: a Hayden administration would cut spending. Read his lips.