Fight over city schools promised

Baltimore leaders criticize state takeover proposal

City Schools Takeover

March 30, 2006|By LIZ BOWIE, JILL ROSEN AND SARA NEUFELD | LIZ BOWIE, JILL ROSEN AND SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTERS

As the State Board of Education voted to seize control of 11 Baltimore middle and high schools, city leaders erupted with anger yesterday and promised a fight to block the takeover through court or legislative action.

Around a city often divided by squabbles over how to fix broken schools, parents, students, ministers and elected officials gathered to speak in unified protest against what they see as an unwarranted and politically motivated action in an election year.

Online For developments in the state's proposed takeover of 11 city schools, and archived coverage of the city school crisis, go to baltimoresun.com/cityschools.

FOR THE RECORD - A Page 1A article yesterday misidentified a lawmaker who confronted state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick over a proposed state takeover of 11 Baltimore schools. The lawmaker was Sen. Verna L. Jones, a Baltimore Democrat. The Sun regrets the error.

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