Baltimore Residents Use GoFundMe To Buy Heaters For Broken, Freezing Schools

Last week, while the "bomb cyclone" raged above the East Coast, schools across the northeastern and southeastern United States were forced to close due to the dangerous winter weather. But that was not the case for Baltimore schools,  where as we discussed  the school system remained open during the first half of the week despite the widespread heating failures that caused many classrooms across the city to barely print above 40 degrees.

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"It was miserable. The kids had their coats, hats, and gloves on all day," said Jesse Schneiderman, a social, studies teacher at Frederick Douglass High School.

However after a social media storm erupted as angry parents, community leaders, and even teachers voiced their concerns about the inhumane conditions, Baltimore school administrators decided to close school doors on Thursday and Friday.

A former NFL linebacker turned Baltimore elementary school teacher Aaron Maybin published a video on social media of his students discussing the freezing conditions in their classroom. “What’s the day been like for you today?” Maybin asked. The children, who were seen huddled together on the floor replied “Cold!”

Shortly after Maybin’s video went viral, he asked people on Twitter to donate to a GoFundMe page started by a Coppin State University student who says the proceeds will be used to buy heaters for Baltimore teachers to use in their classrooms. The student, Samierra Jones set a goal of $20,000 to fund the schools with heaters, but in four days, the page has raised more than $73,000, well over the initial goal by many folds.

On Wednesday, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises addressed the school systems challenges in a Facebook Live video:

  • Heating problems emerged as parts of boilers broke and pipes burst in some schools, she said, adding that “old conditions of our buildings” certainly doesn’t help the situation.
  • Almost 60 schools or about one-third of the school system reported heating problems during the school day.

Santelises released a statement to CNN  on Thursday explaining: “too many of our buildings have outdated heating systems, poor insulation, and aging pipes as a result of years of inadequate funding for maintenance and facilities improvements.” She further said:

“We will continue to close schools when conditions inside buildings are unsafe or unhealthy, or when weather outside makes travel to and from school unsafe for students and staff,” she said. “We are monitoring conditions in all schools closely and are receiving regular updates on the weather forecast, which now includes an increased

likelihood for snow tomorrow (Friday). “Announcements about school closures or delays will be made as soon as possible.”

In her Facebook Live stream Wednesday — the day before the system closed all schools — Santelises said shutting classes systemwide isn’t an easy decision — in part because many students get their meals at schools.

And if schools shut, it’s not a given that students will have supervision at home, she said.

“We are balancing the need for young people to connect to meals, the need to connect with caring adults and safe spaces, as well as the fact that we want young people learning,” she said

Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. “believes that no child should be forced to endure uncomfortable or dangerous conditions in their schools,” his spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told CNN on Thursday.

"Our administration has provided record funding for K-12 education every year since taking office, including an additional $23 million on top of formula funding for Baltimore City schools last year, and has also increased school construction funding for the city each year,” Chasse said. “While individual school facility decisions are ultimately made at the city level, the governor will continue to work closely with Baltimore City leadership to provide any possible support."

Meanwhile, according to Project Baltimore, Baltimore City is spending $1,630 per student on administrative costs, which is the highest in the United States for a public school system. The one question everyone should ask: where does all the money go?

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RAT005 bonin006 Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:16 Permalink

I bet they can't afford the electric bill for all of those heaters plus the chance of just one causing a problem is pretty high.

$70K of heaters at ~$100 each equals 700 heaters.  700 heaters running 8 hrs per day each drawing 1kw=5,600 kw/day=$600/day more elec. bill.

For sure if they had $600/day laying around all this time, they would have hired 3 more administrators a long time ago.

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Scanderbeg overbet Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

How to be a DinduNuffin. 

- Refuse to take care of your children often by multiple different women. 

- Represent less than 7% of the population yet account for more than 50% of all violent crimes

- Get free food, housing and medical care yet whine about free gibs.

- Turn your own cities into shitholes. Then blame white people who haven't lived there in 50 years. 

- Vote for Democrats while you are displaced by Mexicans. 

- Only real job anyone has is "Angry, Spoiled, Government Worker."

- Chimp out and burn down your own neighborhood every time some nigger is killed by the police. Meanwhile almost all black  victims of homicide are killed by each other. 

-  Refuse to speak proper English, can't pronounce words like "ask". Then accuse whites of being racists when they can't get a job  while acting like retards. 

-  Walk around with your pants sagging around your legs going "Ya know what I sayin" and expect to be taken seriously. 

- Claim "We wuz Kangz" while every African country is a dysfunctional, dystopian shitpile including the African country black  Americans founded

-  Be a cheap bastard and refuse to tip.  Act like an a orangutan in public places. 

-  Be terrified of swimming.  

- Spend all your money on Sneakers, Cars and Gold Chains while neglecting your own children

- Be in jail or on probation for half of your adult life. 

- Promote a degenerate thug culture, demean and prostitute your own women, sell drugs, poison your own people and then blame    whitey for all of it. 

 

 

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what happened Scanderbeg Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:03 Permalink

 

Who created this environment for them?  Drugs courtesy of the criminal element.  In earnest the CIA imported their other business from Vietnam into the inner cities.  Johnson gave the poor welfare to destroy incentive.  They keep the cycle of poverty going because it is a jobs program for the professional class.  They are busted.

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NoDebt Mon, 01/08/2018 - 21:58 Permalink

Don't buy a heater.  Spend your money to start your own schools.  

I'm going to be brutally honest here for a minute:  if you are affected by this, you're WAY better of just giving a full middle finger to anything associated with Baltimore's government (including the school system) and striking out on your own, fresh slate.

I hate to say it, but NOBODY cares about you.  NOBODY is coming to rescue you.  Least of all anybody in government in Baltimore.  That's not a pretty thing to say, but that's reality.  You have been abused, taken for granted and given up on.  At this late date at least this much should be obviously true to you.  NOBODY IS COMING TO HELP YOU.

WALK.  Start your own.  You really have nothing to lose.  Swear to God.  It ain't gonna be fun in the beginning, I won't kid you about that.  But it WILL work in the long run.

 

overbet NoDebt Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:22 Permalink

Youll fucking pay. Dont kid yourself. The government will use its henchmen at the IRS and force you to pay for it. Its children after all and theyre poor and black so this constitutes a national emergency and justifies the extraction of your wealth to pay for those other people's children since they arent well off enough to do it themselves. Obviously through no fault of their own. Certainly they havent had the opportunities you have been blessed with. Like when you chose to work 50 hours per week while putting yourself through school taking full credits. What a totally lucky fuck you are. You must pay. 

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Mini-Me Mon, 01/08/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

The term "public schools" masks what they really are: government schools.  The same fuckwads that give us AMTRAK, the Post Office, and endless alphabet soup agencies - all of them corrupt, incompetent and overpriced - are running the school system.

The same system used for the DMV and the Pentagon is used to "educate" children, when in fact, government schools are little more than daycare prisons intended to brainwash kiddos.

Pull your children out of these propaganda mills.  Not doing so is child abuse.

ThrowAwayYourTV Mon, 01/08/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

Bomb Cyclone ! Christ! So dramatic! So exciting! So dangerous! So scary. So so,so, so shocking!  So What next? Last year it was the, Polar Vortex this year a Bomb Cyclone. Hahahaha.

Its a little cold and a little windy, so what!

In 1975 on this day it was -35 degrees. In 2000 it was +64. OMG! Fucking drama queen tv acting sheep herd manipulators. LMAO! Everything has to have such exciting labels and be SO EXCITING!!!!! 24/7/365.

my new username Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:02 Permalink

Who will pay the electric bills?

Will the unions allow teachers to plug the heaters in?

How many heaters will be stolen?

All these questions and more will be answered next week on

"Baltimore - Black Soap."

3-fingered_chemist Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:04 Permalink

Inadequate funding for maintenance and infrastructure upgrades and yet admin costs are the highest per student in the nation? Seems like there is an obvious fix to the problem.

pparalegal Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:05 Permalink

OK children today we will learn online begging 101, while our 300k a year administrators attend heated and catered meetings on improving schools.

Trogdor Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:07 Permalink

Space heaters?  Has anyone there ever tried to heat an entire room (classroom-sized room) with space heaters?(not going to work very well with those high ceilings)...  Has anyone considered that if the heating infrastructure is that jacked, the electrical is probably just as jacked ... and a buttload of space heaters on the same circuit is probably not going to help matters.

.... but then ... maybe that's the idea - overload the circuits, cause a fire, get a NEW school!

STP Trogdor Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:18 Permalink

The LA Unified School District built a new school in the Downtown area to meet the needs of the huge mass of 'Dreamers'.  They picked the perfect EPA Superfund site to build right on top and of course, it had to inspire everyone, so nothing was held back.

It cost over $578 MILLION DOLLARS or over half a BILLION of taxpayer moolah! 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/22/robert-f-kennedy-communit_n_6…

 

"With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation’s most expensive public school ever."

The K-12 complex to house 4,200 students has raised eyebrows across the country as the creme de la creme of “Taj Mahal” schools, $100 million-plus campuses boasting both architectural panache and deluxe amenities.

Scroll through to see LA’s other “Taj Mahal” schools

“There’s no more of the old, windowless cinderblock schools of the ‘70s where kids felt, ‘Oh, back to jail,’” said Joe Agron, editor-in-chief of American School & University, a school construction journal. “Districts want a showpiece for the community, a really impressive environment for learning.”

Not everyone is similarly enthusiastic.

“New buildings are nice, but when they’re run by the same people who’ve given us a 50 percent dropout rate, they’re a big waste of taxpayer money,” said Ben Austin, executive director of Parent Revolution who sits on the California Board of Education. “Parents aren’t fooled.”

 

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STP JibjeResearch Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

Really!  It was all old oil fields from back in the day, when Los Angeles had oil wells, everywhere! 

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2014/08/the-urban-oil-fields-of-los-a…

"In the 1890s, the small town of Los Angeles (population 50,000) began a transformation driven by the discovery and drilling of some of the most productive oil fields in history. By 1930, California was producing nearly one quarter of the world's oil output, and its population had grown to 1.2 million. In the decades that followed, many wells closed, but even more opened, surrounded by urban and suburban growth. Machinery was camouflaged, loud noises were abated, methane pockets were vented, as residents learned to live side-by-side with oil production facilities. To this day, oil fields in the Los Angeles Basin remain very productive, and modern techniques have centralized operations into smaller areas or moved offshore. Gathered here are images of some of the sites and machinery still in use among the homes, golf courses, and shopping malls of Los Angeles. "

 

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