Your voice is needed in Annapolis!
The House has passed a $325 M bill that takes a first step towards fully funding the Kirwan Commissions Education Funding bill (HB1413 and SB1030). They proposed paying for it through budget cuts but the Senate has made full funding contingent on passing a tax that would expand sales tax to online purchases. Without this they propose cutting $100 M out of the bill.
Advocates and Baltimore City Schools want this financial commitment of $325 for this year and $750 million for next year (and moving forward) to fully fund Kirwan. This funding is a first step in creating more equity for Baltimore City Schools. Our city has seen disproportionate disinvestment for too long.
Here is an action alert from Strong Schools MD that makes it really easy to send a note to your legislators. We strongly encourage you to add your voice! http://bit.ly/FullFundingNow
TDP engages teachers, parents and community members in Fellowship Projects. Fellows are working on: Restorative Practices and bullying, socially engaged curriculum, and parent power. By proactively connecting teachers, parents and community members we aim to transform school relationships, culture and the way decisions get made.
Our Advocacy Work is a result of what we hear from our fellows as they tackle issues in their schools and in response to larger national and local trends. We couple teacher and parent feedback with other research to help us advocate for better policies and practices. We attend school board meetings and host community forums around how to create more equity and inclusion in school decision making.