Please join us as we walk our kids to school (Gilmor Elementary and William Pinderhughes Elementary) in support of community schools and public school funding that promotes a healthy and productive environment for both the kids and the community in which they live.
When: Thursday November 3rd @ 7am
Where: Meet at the corner of N. Mount and Presstman in Baltimore City
Why: To send a message to our children and city school administrators that we all care what happens to our community children whether we are parents, neighbors or just members of their community.
Maryland's legislature is updating the state's formula for school funding for Baltimore City and all the counties. Last updated in 2002, this formula is supposed to make sure every child gets an adequate education, regardless of where in the state. The 2002 formula it did not address the special challenges faced by schools where most kids live in poverty. This is the reality for most public schools in Baltimore City as 85% of our school kids qualify for free and reduced meals.
Community schools are bridging the divide of income and racial inequality in our public schools. They focus on the needs of kids and families in their local school community. We walk in to urge the Maryland General Assembly to add to the state school funding formula direct funds to community schools where 40% or more of students live in poverty.