Air Conditioning Controversy Pits Two Political Rivals Against Each Other

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–A battle over air conditioning in Maryland public schools pits two political rivals against each other.

“We all know has been a serious problem for them because they have 37 unairconditioned schools,” said Governor Larry Hogan, during an announcement in Ocean City on Wedneday that next year schools would start after Labor Day.

“Governor Hogan’s my way or the highway approach really is not the best way to govern,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The two politicians have been trading verbal jabs for months.

Kamenetz touts accelerated school improvements, saying 90 schools were unairconditioned when he took office. That number is currently 37. It will be down to 11 next year.

By 2019 the entire school district will have air, the county official says.

“The facts speak for themselves and I’ll just let others do their political thing,” said Kamenetz.

Hogan takes another shot as he mandates a later start to the school year on Wednesday.

“A later start date will even prevent Baltimore County–which has unfortunately failed to air condition its schools–from losing so many days of school,” said Hogan.

The battle intensified back in May when the governor voted to withhold school construction funds unless all classrooms were air conditioned by the beginning of this school year.

“This situation, especially in Baltimore County was disgraceful and completely unacceptable,” Hogan said.

“We’re certainly not going to be bullied by the governor into somehow giving in to his really what I think is an irresponsible demand,” said the county executive.

And with speculation that Kamenetz could try to unseat Hogan in 2018, the jabs may keep coming.

Kamenetz has not officially announced if he plans to run for governor.

The air conditioning fight has led to the resignation of the state’s top school construction official.

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One Comment

  1. Karen Silkworth says:

    Kamenetz has been Baltimore county executive for over 10 years. If air conditioning was so important to him why didn’t he work on it when O’malley was Governor…why blame Hogan??

    1. Marcus says:

      100% correct Karen! Kamenetz is what is wrong in this country. A politician that is elected to do something then doesn’t and blames everyone else. Hogan has made more positive changes in Maryland in his short time as governor then Kamenetz has made in 10 years.

  2. Lisa Moore says:

    “An irresponsible demand” is what it takes to get KK to move on this. Most of these 37 schools have been in need for many, many years. Citizens living in these areas have been denied for far too long and it’s time to do the right thing now. No more shiny, tech schools for the rich folks until EVERY child and teacher in BaltoCo has a decent school that is safe and comfortable.

  3. Carol Stover says:

    Governor Hogan, you stay with your stance on this issue. I admire you for the responsible job you are doing as our Governor. I hope you stay in office for a long time. God bless and guide you!

  4. Marcus says:

    I second that Carol……If another Democrat follows Hogan I give up!!

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