In March, when the Baltimore school system was looking for a $42 million loan to bail it out of some poor financial decisions, we said that Maryland ought to put some tough conditions on any loan.
We also said that state education officials, who should have been paying closer attention to Baltimore's descent into a flood of red ink, needed a shake-up of their own.
They may get it sooner than they anticipated. Last week, Circuit Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan issued a 70-page ruling, which said the state should increase its contribution to the Baltimore schools by $225 million in the next four years.
Sound familiar? It is. In 1996, then Gov. Parris Glendening settled Baltimore's lawsuit against the state for a quarter of a billion dollars. Then Sen. Barbara Hoffman, D-Baltimore, praised the idea because there would be "a change of a management and a new direction ..."