Every child in Maryland deserves an adequate education. Some aren't getting it. Baltimore City and poor counties such as Somerset, Garrett and Caroline lack the resources to meet the needs of all students.
As long as this is true, the entire state is disadvantaged.
There is renewed talk of a legal challenge to Maryland's system of paying for schools, which relies heavily on local taxes. Such a suit was filed in 1979, but the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, found no constitutional violation.
In its decision, written by Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy, the court said, "Simply to show that the educational resources available to the poorer school districts in the state are inferior to those in the rich districts" does not mean the state fails to provide enough money "for all students to obtain an adequate education." That might leave the door open for a successful suit based on adequacy -- or its lack -- rather than concentrating on the differences between the haves and the have-nots.