Guest column: Remove legislative roadblocks to upgrade Worcester schools

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Schools without cafeterias. Without auditoriums. Without playgrounds.

This is the daily experience for far too many children in Worcester. Nearly 900 of our elementary school students attend schools built before 1900. Sixteen of our 45 schools were constructed before World War II.

Though the city and Worcester Public Schools have made some gains in school building improvement in the last decade, we have a long way to go. Considerable external funding is needed to address the many issues in our schools. Relative to their more affluent suburban counterparts, large urban districts like Worcester are responsible for many more schools to educate the greater number of children enrolled.

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