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Murray Levy is promoting overcrowded schools as an acceptable norm [“County already has tools to ease school overcrowding,” Maryland Independent, June 13].
The rationale he provides is that overcrowded schools can cause the state to fund new school construction a process that can be perpetually repeated.
However, history has shown that this approach does not benefit our children, as we leave them in a perpetual state of overcrowding. Portable classrooms do not provide the facilities children need, such as lunchrooms, athletic facilities, restrooms and other shared resources.
A policy of perpetual school overcrowding only benefits those with a financial stake in continued residential development, like Mr. Levy.
Since the state budget is in crisis, I propose it is unreasonable to expect the state to pay for county schools, and we should use Developer Rights and Responsibilities Agreements to build schools ahead of new homes.
Our zoning ordinance correctly states that school capacity should exist prior to subdivision and major residential development.
Brendan Moon, White Plains