Schools hearings to focus on city-state partnership

April 01, 2008

The Baltimore and state school boards will host four hearings in coming days to hear public comment on the city-state partnership governing public education in Baltimore.

The 1997 legislation that created the partnership - under which the governor and the mayor jointly appoint the city school board - requires an evaluation of the arrangement every five years. The hearings are part of that evaluation. They will be held:

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school system's professional development center, 2500 E. Northern Parkway, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Edmondson-Westside High, 501 Athol Ave.

Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.

Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Southside Academy, 2700 Seamon Ave.

The public may submit written comments to citystateevaluation@bcps.k12.md.us. A draft copy of a consultant's evaluation of the partnership is available online at www.baltimorecityschools.org/School_Board/Evaluation.asp.

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