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Posted By: M2, 8/14/2019 8:58:54 AM

Baltimore’s teacher union is calling for fans to be donated to schools as sweltering heat pushes classroom temperatures into the hundreds, but the district says electrical infrastructure may not be equipped to handle it. The Baltimore Sun reports the union hopes to hand out 500 fans in response to a lack of functional air-conditioning in city schools, some of which have none at all. But Baltimore Schools Chief Operations Officer Lynette Washington is warning against it, saying the buildings don’t have the electrical load to withstand it. The union is pushing back. President Diamonté Brown is quoted by the paper as responding: “If you’re so concerned about


Who said Baltimore wasn't a third world country?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 8/14/2019 9:04:11 AM (No. 151838)
Why haven't they kept schools up to code?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: JimJr 8/14/2019 9:11:32 AM (No. 151852)
#1, That's not how schools work. First they demand that taxpayers pass a bond issue (blank check) then they get "friendly" contractors to design and build something that is usually inadequate for the needs they actually have, at an elevated price then they don't perform capital maintenance until the structure is unsafe/unusable. Next they demand that taxpayers pass a bond issue... It's for the kids, don't cha know!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: qr4j 8/14/2019 9:15:35 AM (No. 151859)
Who is running nearly all of these big cities? Which cities have human feces and drug needles in the streets? Which cities have multiple shootings and murders every weekend (yet have the strictest gun laws)? Which cities pension funds are in the toilet? The answers: Democrats are running them. And they are the Democrat-run cities with these problems. Anyone see the pattern?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Madinmaryland 8/14/2019 9:22:10 AM (No. 151867)
I bet there is a/c in the school office. This is incompetence writ large. And the kids who attend these “schools” have it rough in their home life; it’s is disgraceful they are subjected to such conditions. And, BTW, in the winter, the heating isn’t reliable and the children have to wear their winter coats in the classroom. A/C is in prisons, too. So very sad.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Madinmaryland 8/14/2019 9:22:49 AM (No. 151868)
#1--Because it’s Baltimore, hon.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Muncsdad 8/14/2019 9:24:35 AM (No. 151871)
Just wait until the Green New Deal is imposed...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Northcross 8/14/2019 9:26:08 AM (No. 151872)
Proof of massive incompetence and corruption in the Baltimore city schools, of course all run by Democrats. Among the highest per capita spending in the country, and still can't keep the schools operating.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lawsy0 8/14/2019 9:28:34 AM (No. 151877)
Ya'll teachers need to shut up about donated fans; don't you know the people at city hall have first pick of all donations, including cash??
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Strike3 8/14/2019 9:39:51 AM (No. 151896)
The same city that can not hook up any new customers to natural gas. I would say that Elijah has a real problem here. Where did all that money go?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: mobyclik 8/14/2019 9:45:28 AM (No. 151906)
One thing I've noticed over the years (and I've been around for many years) is that once the schools convince the voters to pass a tax increase to fix some school 'crisis', the first that happens is the teachers get and administration get a raise. Seen it over and over. The 'crisis' gets lip service and swept under the rug.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Strike3 8/14/2019 9:50:55 AM (No. 151910)
#2, that brings back painful memories. The main problem is that school boards have way too much power and so they are artificially or illegally packed with liberals. Some time ago when psychologists decided that middle school children should have their own buildings our little Pennsylvania town jumped on the bandwagon. Loans were secured, a piece of flood-prone factory-poisoned ground was chosen and a school was built by the ubiquitous "friendly" contractor, who was allowed to give speeches in favor of the school. Within a couple of years, the paint was peeling, the floors were curling up and water could be seen and heard under the floor. I think the town is still paying off the loan. Every other storefront is empty and anybody who could move out did so. It's a common crime against the working taxpayer. Oh, and the teachers make more money and benefits than any other worker in town for 9 month school years of 6 hour days.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: mc squared 8/14/2019 10:00:51 AM (No. 151925)
Schools in Brooklyn never had air conditioning. We had window poles to open the top of the windows when the temp got above about 85. As a prisoner of summer school back in the 60's, I'm an expert. As for Baltimore's power problems, why not get some solar powered fans. Or wind-powered fans?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: IAmButASimpleCaveman 8/14/2019 10:08:51 AM (No. 151934)
FTA: "The paper reports the district has an almost $3 billion maintenance backlog from decades of underfunding". in fact the paper did nothing even close to reporting - it repeated some standard bs from a dep of ed huckster. investigate the funding decisions of the dep of ed and do some actual reporting.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: kono 8/14/2019 11:09:39 AM (No. 152031)
Underfunding or misallocation of funding and administrative corruption?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Starboard_side 8/14/2019 11:32:28 AM (No. 152053)
How funny, they should know better than to ask, since the whole scam is to convince taxpayers they need to pay more, and more, and more. Actual school classrooms are always short-changed, but it's the administrators, school boards, superintendents and teachers union who siphon-off all the funding. You could double their funding, and it won't be enough the following year, and the classroom will still be without the needed books, supplies, etc...
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Reply 16 - Posted by: tom7 8/14/2019 1:04:20 PM (No. 152159)
Chief Operations Officer Lynette Washington apparently has no grasp of relative electrical loads. Fans are trivial - much less than the hundreds of laptops they are greedily trying to acquire.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Proud Texan 8/14/2019 2:40:59 PM (No. 152229)
#3 It's not just big cities!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: chance_232 8/14/2019 2:43:13 PM (No. 152232)
Im pretty sure that the obama stimulus package was supposed to take care of this.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: M2 8/14/2019 4:38:17 PM (No. 152327)
Who said that Baltimore was not a Third World country?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: KansaiSamurai 8/15/2019 3:12:46 AM (No. 152606)
I thought they were talking about Japanese hand fans when I read the headline!!
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