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Baltimore To Modernize Public Schools

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Baltimore public schools are on the verge of a makeover that officials hope will provide safer learning conditions and spark an era of academic achievement. 

About $1 billion in funding is expected to transform some of the most dilapidated schools where students and staff endure leaky pipes, undrinkable water and inadequate heating and air conditioning. 

The Maryland General Assembly earlier this year passed a bill that would enable the city to issue bonds to build about 15 schools and repair the crumbling infrastructure of many others over the next decade. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the legislation this week. 

Recent data has shown a small but positive relationship between the quality of a public school's building and the academic success of students. 

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