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Maryland’s School Construction Chief Resigns

May 12th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The state Board of Public Works has voted to hold back millions of dollars in school construction money from Baltimore and Baltimore County unless officials there install air conditioning in all classrooms by the start of the next school year. The action, taken during a sometimes heated public session, prompted the resignation of David Lever, executive director of the Interagency Committee on School Construction — a nonpartisan state agency that recommends which projects the state should fund. Lever called the vote a "politicization of a process that really needs to be professional and objective."  The vote, led by Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, was the latest salvo in a battle over cooling hot classrooms in the city and the county — and prompted the resignation of the state's top school construction official.

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