Elected officials, educators and advocates gathered at Waverly Elementary School Monday to celebrate the General Assembly passing the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013.
The celebration was held next door to a new elementary and middle school that has been under construction since last summer. The bill will allow for $1.1 billion through bonds issued via the Maryland Stadium Authority to build 15 new schools and renovate 30 buildings in Baltimore.
"This is a historic time in Baltimore and we all have a lot to be proud of and a whole lot to look forward to," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
Rawlings-Blake called the legislation the most significant legislative achievement by the city in recent history, and a "landmark renewal" of the partnership between the city and the states.
"We now have a renewed partnership that will bring a new schools system—a 21st Century school system—one that we can all be proud of, facilities that we would want to make sure that our children, and our grandchildren have the opportunity to attend. This is an exciting time for Baltimore,” she said.