Governor’s commission hears passionate pleas to better fund city schools
Posted by Associated Press on 13th October 2017
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Baltimore City schools played host to a state commission, which is trying to fund schools across Maryland.

But a Baltimore coalition of leaders, educators and families told the commission to do so in a way that puts Baltimore children on a level playing field.

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Hundreds of people who are passionate about the education of Baltimore’s more than 80,000 children packed into the auditorium at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

Dozens of speakers took to the podium to plead with the members of the governor-appointed Kirwan Commission.

The speakers wanted to remind the commission that Baltimore City has a lot of students who deal with poverty and other complex issues.

The mayor was among the speakers. She thanked the state for investing $1 billion to build nearly two dozen new schools in Baltimore. But Mayor Catherine Pugh said new buildings are just the beginning.

“Buildings don’t create students, teachers and resources do,” Pugh said.

“Fund school systems and school buildings that have drinkable water,” said Elizabeth Degi Mount, with Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance.

“We need help getting resources like extra SAT preps, STEM courses, vocational-tech courses, counseling services, intervention for struggling learners and services for students and families,” said Ciera Smith, a senior at City Neighbors High School.

The Kirwan Commission will give a report to the Maryland General Assembly at the end of the year.

At that point, they’ll recommend how the state should divide money among districts across the state.