Baltimore officials defend consolidation

02/8/2007 | Sun (Baltimore), The

Two ranking Baltimore school administrators defended a plan to consolidate elementary and middle schools, telling city council members that student-teacher ratios improve under such a scenario. However, the school board chairman had previously pledged to address concerns of those who have criticized the plan to close two-thirds of Baltimore middle schools and expand dozens of elementary schools. Critics of the plan are concerned there weren't enough resources to fund and staff the expanded elementary schools.

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