Parents and Students to Deliver Postcards to Governor, Urging Restoration of City School Funding

March 9, 2015

CONTACT:  Roxanne Allen, BEC, 410.314.6111; rallen@humanim.com
Frank Patinella, ACLU of MD, patinella@aclu-md.org

ANNAPOLIS, MD - On Monday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) will rally with city delegation members and deliver thousands of postcards to Governor Larry Hogan to restore education cuts to Baltimore City Public Schools.
 
Since 2009, the BEC has been fighting to keep state education funding whole - the decade-old promise of the "Thornton" law, which sought to fulfill the state's constitutional guarantee of providing adequate funding for all public school students in Maryland.  This year, Governor Hogan has chosen to reduce education by $144 million statewide in his proposed budget and if passed, Baltimore City schools and students will take the biggest hit - $35.5 million.  To avoid the loss of hundreds of teachers, support staff, many afterschool programs, and summer school, BEC is urging Governor Hogan and state lawmakers to restore $35.5 million in state funding for Baltimore City Public Schools.
 
WHO: Baltimore Education Coalition Leaders:  Elev8 Baltimore, City Neighbors Charter High School, Baltimore Curriculum Project, ACLU of Maryland, Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Parents and Students of Collington Square ES, Wolfe Street Academy, Dr. Raynor Brown ES, Tench Tilghman ES, Renaissance Academy, Excel Academy.
Elected Officials: Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Delegate Curt Anderson, other city delegation members.
 
WHAT:  BEC rallies with city delegation members and delivers postcards to Governor Hogan to restore education cuts to Baltimore City Public Schools.
 
WHEN:  Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee Room, Miller Senate Office Building, 2rd Floor, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
 
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