BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says it’s “completely unacceptable” that schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County had to close on their first day of school because they are ill-equipped to handle extreme heat.
Tuesday is the first day of the academic year for both school systems, and more than 60 Baltimore City schools will release students three hours early Tuesday, while 10 Baltimore County schools won’t even open their doors, as temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees.
Baltimore County Public Schools announced that that same 10 schools will also be closed on Wednesday because of excessive heat.
Gov. Hogan took to Twitter to call out the districts, specifically Baltimore City. He said the state was told that some of the Baltimore City schools that were closed Tuesday because of excessive heat would have AC installed before school started.
Hogan said this was caused by “a lack of leadership, lack of oversight, and lack of responsible spending” by the school district after the state provided “record funding” for Maryland schools.