Last night, 29 January, nearly 350 people came out in the snow and cold to begin organizing to fight $35 million in state cuts to Baltimore City schools funding. Our own District 40 turn-out was the best at any such event to date, and people were fired up and ready to fight.
At the Legislative Preview we learned that the new Governor’s budget has cut $35milion from Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS), or $561 per pupil, due to a 50% reduction of the Geographic Cost of Education Index Funding, a per pupil freeze statewide, and a reduction from the formula that is based on city wealth. This per pupil cut, which normally rises each year, has now decreased if this proposed budget makes its way through Annapolis and could cause a loss of more than 400 teachers or 700 support staff city wide, or 2-6 teachers from each school.
Baltimore City Public Schools CEO, Dr. Thornton, spoke powerfully at the gathering. As he said, “Some people say you have to do more with less. Actually you only do less with less.” And that’s not acceptable.
RHIC is coordinating District 40 activity and will be convening the district 40 Team as needed. We need you. If you want to join the District 40 Team contact Rick Gwynallen at (410) 225-7547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltimore Education Coalition is calling for action
to stop cuts to our schools!
Here is what you can do.
Call delegates TODAY Friday, January 30 from 11am-3pm, tell them you’re concerned about the cuts and ask them what they’re going to do to stop the cuts. If you are in District 40, these are your representatives:
- · Senator Catherine Pugh: (410) 841-3656
- · Delegate Barbara Robinson (410) 841-3520
- · Delegate Antonio Hayes (410) 841-3545
- · Delegate Frank Conaway (410) 841-3189
Further contact information for legislators can be found here.
Come to Annapolis with the BEC on Monday nights in February. If interested, please contact Frank Patinella Patinella@aclu-md.org or Karen DeCamp email@example.com or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org
Send postcards to the governor expressing your specific concern or story. To get postcards, contact the RHIC office at (410 225-7547, or write to rgwynallen@reservoirhill
BEC is also using twitter to get the word out, so if you tweet use and follow hash tags #stop35mcut #HowManyTeachers #DontBudgeOnEdBudget. You can tweet these after you contact the delegates and let us know that you want your voice heard before this budget is passed and our kids lose out!