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City releases map of food distribution sites accessible during coronavirus pandemic

A map shows more than 50 food distribution sites throughout Baltimore City. Map by Baltimore City.

Children, older adults and other food insecure families can now pick up meals at more than 50 designated meal sites throughout Baltimore City.

Baltimore City government has compiled a map of grab-and-go food sites located at recreation centers, schools and senior centers.

City Schools will distribute meals, provide at-home learning packets for students

Right, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises addresses school closures, food distribution, disinfecting buildings, and other steps City Schools is taking in response to the coronavirus. Santelises was joined by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa during a press conference Friday morning. Screengrab from Baltimore City Public Schools’ Facebook.

As public schools across Maryland prepare to close for two weeks to limit the spread of coronavirus, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises outlined how the system will provide meals for students and educational packets while they are at home.

All Maryland public schools will be closed from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27, State Schools Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced Thursday afternoon during a press conference in which Gov. Larry Hogan announced a list of “major actions” the state is taking to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

City Schools’ 4-year graduation rate down slightly with new testing requirements

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate decreased by nearly 2 percentage points in 2019, the first year since Maryland implemented “more rigorous” graduation requirements, city school officials announced Tuesday.

Of the 4,955 students in the Class of 2019, about 70.3 percent graduated in four years, down about 1.9 percent from 2018, according to data from the Maryland Report Card for 2018 and 2019.

Baltimore begins countdown to College Signing Day

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, joined by city and school leaders, announces Baltimore’s 2020 College Signing Day during a press conference Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office.

There are just over two months left until Baltimore’s College Signing Day on May 1, and city leaders are encouraging high school seniors to start thinking about post-secondary education.

Tisha Edwards, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, said in a press conference Wednesday with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young that students have to pursue career training or higher education beyond grade school to be part of today’s competitive workforce.

“We know that they have to go beyond high school in order to have a living wage and to be able to thrive in Baltimore,” Edwards said. “This is an opportunity to message that, reinforce that and help young people understand that high school is just the beginning.”

City Schools, Council President Identify $40 Million Combined to Further Reduce Budget Gap

Money would come from cuts within City Schools and, potentially, police overtime funds.

Baltimore City Public Schools leaders say they have found another $30 million to cut into the remaining $70 million budget gap for next school year, and the head of the Baltimore City Council says he may know of another $10 million that the city could redirect to schools.

Hundreds Rally in Inner Harbor to Ask Leaders to ‘Fix the Gap’ for City Schools Budget


For parent Kristin Brown, the $130 million funding gap for next year’s Baltimore City Public Schools’ budget looms heavily over her daughter’s place of learning, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School in Bolton Hill. That school alone faces an $800,000 deficit for 2017-18, she said, which could mean letting teachers go.

Teachers, Students, Parents and Others Rally in Annapolis for City Schools Funding Fix

Photo by Chris Frederick

Lawyers Mall outside the State House in Annapolis was packed last night with students, parents, teachers and other advocates pushing for Gov. Larry Hogan and the State to help Baltimore City Public Schools address a significant budget shortfall.

City Schools Could Lay Off More than 1,000 Staff to Help Close $130M Budget Gap


Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Baltimore City Public Schools officials are considering major staff cuts to make up for an abnormally large budget deficit of $130 million for fiscal 2018.

Baltimore City Schools Have Big Budget Deficit

Sonja Santelises

Baltimore City public schools have been facing budget deficits over the last few years, but this time it’s even bigger than usual.

Baltimore Schools CEO Is Replaced

Sonja Santelises
Sonja Santelises

Only two years into his four year contract, Baltimore Schools CEO Gregory Thornton is on his way out.