Students at a Baltimore City elementary school realize the power the governor has over state funding. This week, two fourth-grade students reach out to the candidates to ask the state for more funding. Our students realize the power the governor has over funding for our schools and are demanding a change.
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Gunshots rang all throughout the room. Screaming came from downstairs, in the closet, and outside. Ti’Jae Barnes.
It was late in the evening, and Ti’Jae along with her daughter and two younger sisters were sitting in her bedroom. Out of the blue, a loud rumbling came from downstairs. A gunman looking for Ti’Jae’s boyfriend held everyone at gunpoint.
Baltimore City needs more funding to support all of the suffering students who are facing extra challenges. The city funding isn’t supporting our special education population or students who are living in poverty. Without appropriate supports, these students and their teachers are struggling. The students here are in a place of concentrated poverty with 24 percent of people in Baltimore living below the poverty line and an astounding 86.5 percent of BCPSS students living in poverty, and there is a wide range of special education children who aren’t getting the education they need. Our needs in the city are unique. Our struggle should mean an increase in the funding, not a decrease. This isn’t fair.
Following a huge round of layoffs for city officials and teachers alike, we need to prevent another gigantic budget gap like last year’s deficit of over $129 million. We need to get more funding for students in Baltimore City Schools.
Baltimore Schools are underfunded and have been for a long time. This is due to Baltimore schools getting about 70% of its funding from the state, and state lawmakers have shown that the needs of Baltimore City Schools are not a priority. This means that we have a majority of our budget coming from people who don’t care about us.
Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s Project Baltimore — an investigative series airing on local affiliate Fox45 — has done a phenomenal job of illuminating incredibly important issues in Baltimore City schools and inciting outrage at the inequity provided to Baltimore’s kids. The trouble is, Project Baltimore’s mission to “save our schools” seems only to extend as far as vocalizing complaints while remaining unconcerned with solutions. Do they want to help kids or hurt an institution?