October 1, 2015
From the Desk of Matt Hornbeck
The Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) and
HHA believe funding for charter schools in Baltimore City should be fair. No traditional school should have to do with
less or to close because charters receive more than their fair share, and no
charter should have to do with less or to close because traditional schools
receive more than their fair share. In
fact, we believe all schools should unite and advocate in Annapolis and at City
Hall for more funding for all City Schools’ students – let’s make the pie bigger!
About a third of charters in the City, but
not BCP schools, have sued City Schools for more money. City Schools recently withdrew a charter
funding proposal that, if applied, would have closed a number of high
performing charters and high performing traditional schools. Mayor Rawlings-Blake enlisted former Mayor
Kurt Schmoke to bring the seemingly opposite sides to the negotiating table,
search for common ground and figure out a funding solution that works for all
kids. HHA stands with the Mayor’s
decision to intervene, improve communication, agree on a common set of facts
about funding, and build a stable, transparent, fair funding formula that can
be applied to all schools.
You can see
me to further discuss this issue or listen to my conversation with
Marc Steiner at http://www.steinershow.org/podcasts/education/charter-schools-in-baltimore/.