This website was created to help those who want to advocate on behalf of improved funding for the Baltimore City Public Schools.
The Baltimore City Public Schools have a $130 million budget deficit. As described in the Baltimore City Public Schools’ website, Your Voice: Budget, Baltimore City Public Schools’ budget crisis is the result of several different factors. ACLU’s Education Reform Project identifies “flat state funding [as] the primary reason for City Schools’ structural [budget] deficit.”
Prior budget deficits remedied using short-term measures. These short-term measures did nothing to improve the underlying causes behind the budget deficits. Likewise, these short-term measures did nothing to improve the situation for the long-term.
Without increased funding from the State of Maryland and with the intention of addressing a long-term solution to budget shortfalls, Baltimore City Public Schools’ CEO Dr. Sonja Santelieses is forced to address the BCPS’ budget issues head-on. In the short term, unprecedented cuts to BCPS’ budget—including cuts to educational programs--are anticipated.
Unless the State of Maryland can allocate additional funds for Baltimore City Public Schools, the funding for the majority of Baltimore School for the Arts’ faculty may be cut by as much as 88 percent.
This website is the product of a concerned parent of a student at Baltimore School for the Arts in consultation with other BSA parents and affiliates. Content on this website does not necessarily represent BSA, its faculty, staff or members of the BSA Foundation.