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Statement on Legal Action in Support of Baltimore’s Students

(Baltimore, MD)—Over the past decade, Baltimore City Public Schools has worked to provide a high-quality education to Baltimore’s children despite what the State of Maryland itself acknowledges as state funding shortfalls amounting to at least $290 million annually. In a city where concentrations of poverty contribute to creating greater educational need than elsewhere in the state, sustained under-funding means that Baltimore’s children do not receive the resources and support to which they are entitled under the state’s constitution—and that are routinely available to students in other school districts. It means that most City Schools students go to school in decrepit buildings without drinkable water or adequate heating and cooling.

We thank the ACLU for its continued advocacy on behalf of Baltimore’s children. With full adoption of recommendations from the state’s Kirwan Commission and a new education funding formula now not anticipated for two years or more, City Schools supports today’s legal action and applauds the strong position taken by the parents representing our families. Baltimore’s children have already waited too long for the education funding they deserve and that is promised to them and to all children in Maryland by state law.