Stu­dents pun­ished when schools lack AC

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Jen­nifer H. Tarr The writer is a par­ent ad­vo­cate at Dulaney High School.

While Bal­ti­more County is clos­ing non­air-con­di­tioned schools in an at­tempt to ap­pease those con­cerned over the health of our chil­dren, I see the se­vere in­equity once again (“Bal­ti­more County to close non­air-con­di­tioned schools Mon­day,” Aug. 28). It’s as if we are be­ing pun­ished for not hav­ing AC.

I think of the fresh­men who just want to set­tle into the high school groove, the se­nior ath­letes who want to make their mark and the stu­dents who need teacher time to ex­cel in an AP course. So many of them are fac­ing prob­lems that go way be­yond work­ing in a non­air-con­di­tioned fa­cil­ity. Who let this hap­pen?

The weather will cool down soon enough. Then I hope we don’t have to close a school for burst­ing pipes, tainted drink­ing wa­ter, crum­bling stairs, ter­mite and ro­dent in­fes­ta­tions, over­crowd­ing or worse.

We should build new schools, stop the Band-Aids and get it right the first time.

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