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Unemployment and Layoffs

More jobs and better schools

Ask anyone who lives in Baltimore the two things the city needs most and you're likely to get the same answer: Better schools for its children and more jobs for its working-age adults. That's why a proposal to make sure as many local residents as possible get work from the $1 billion plan to rebuild the school system's aging infrastructure sounds like a winner all around. Not only will young people get the modern school facilities they deserve but thousands of the city's unemployed could finally nail down a good job paying decent wages. The plan, announced last week by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and schools CEO Gregory Thornton, calls for easing the city's...