By Jaisal Noor
DESHAWNA BRYANT, 18-YEAR-OLD SENIOR AT CITY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL: We’ve had multiple times where the ceiling has fallen down, where there’s been holes in the walls, where it’s hard to get rid of the rats in the basement and everything, and it’s hard to heat and cool the building because of how large it is.
JAISAL NOOR: Troubling conditions inside Baltimore City schools frequently go viral. Now a group of students, parents, and civil rights organizations are suing to make the state do something about it.
AJMEL QUERESHI, SENIOR COUNSEL, NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: By the state’s own data, over 80 percent of the city’s schools are in poor or very poor condition. By the state’s own data, almost $300 million are not given to the city’s schools every single year. By the city’s data, there’s a shortfall of $3 billion to improve the facilities in the city’s schools.
JAISAL NOOR: High school senior Deshawna Bryant suffers from sickle cell anemia.
DESHAWNA BRYANT, 18-YEAR-OLD SENIOR AT CITY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL: One thing that sets my disease off is low temperatures. If I’m too cold, then my body will shut down and I can go into a pain crisis.
JAISAL NOOR: And has…