Baltimore’s Children Should Not Have to Wait for School Funding
The children of Baltimore City do not have time to wait for lawmakers to decide if they are going to fill the $129 million funding gap needed to keep our children’s teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff in the classrooms. They desperately need all of us to develop and implement funding strategies now to ensure that they will continue to receive a quality education next year, and for years to come.
Baltimore City teachers and support staff work endless hours educating children with special needs, those who have experienced trauma and those who arrive at school lacking basic resources that are afforded to children in surrounding jurisdictions. This is why educating youth in Baltimore City exceeds the costs of others around the state and why our children cannot wait.
Our city schools are not a “disaster,” as Governor Hogan stated in a recent interview. We are suffering from the domino effect of years of chronic underfunding.