Friends & Neighbors,
As you know, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council has been highly active in Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) because we strongly believe that building stellar schools is crucial to building healthy neighborhoods. Our own neighborhood school, John Eager Howard, is in Year One of the 21st Century Schools construction plan. However, we have a long way to go to ensure that every child in our community and in the city has an opportunity for a stellar education.
Governor Hogan is proposing large cuts to the state budget to close a budget gap. If the current proposed budget were to pass, Baltimore City schools would receive $35.5 million less next year than the current year.
With $35.5 million less this year, City Schools will have to find savings – many of the cuts could come from our classrooms. This could mean:
- Loss of more than 400 teachers or 700 support staff across the system
- 2-4 teachers/school staff from every elementary or K-8 school
- 3-6 teachers/school staff from every high school and/or significant cuts to after school programming
Principals are already preparing to submit budgets that eliminate art, music, guidance counselors, field trips and other programs essential to a good school.
We ask for your support – this fight will take all of us
Join us in Annapolis tonight – There is still room on the buses!
The Baltimore Education Coalition has been busy fighting the proposed cuts to Baltimore's schools and we will be in Annapolis again tonight. One of the buses will leave from John Eager Howard School, 2011 Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill at 4:30 pm, and return to the school at 9:00 pm.
Dinner will be provided.