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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.