Planning for the 2024-25 Budget
When planning a budget, the first question is always: What matters to us? What do we want - and need - to invest in?
At City Schools, the budget development process begins by asking you - our parents, students, and staff - these questions. This year, more than ever, your voice is essential in making these important decisions because we will have fewer resources for the 2024-25 school year than we did this year.
That's because we received and invested nearly $700 million in ESSER federal funding to expand programs and supports to accelerate student learning and offerings during the COVID pandemic and recovery period. As a result, we were able to offer many programs and services that our students need for the first time.
But as the world returns to normalcy, ESSER funding sources will no longer be available beginning in fall 2024. As we begin work on our upcoming budget, we will have fewer resources to meet the same needs, including programming we offered for the first time. We will face hard choices to live within our means while doing what is best for students.
That's why we need your input - to ensure we allocate our funding sources where it matters most.
2024-2025 Budget Planning Timeline
School-Level Priority Engagement Sessions
Oct 9, 2023 – Jan 19, 2024
District-Level Priority Engagement Sessions
Dec 2023 -Jan 2024
Community Budget Forums
Feb 12, - Mar 1, 2024
Community Budget Review meetings
Feb 28, – Mar 22, 2024
Budget feedback surveys
Mar 4, - Mar 29, 2024
School Level Priority Engagement Sessions
The Priority Engagement Session phase of the budget engagement process has now ended. Our schools collectively got over 8000 responses on school-level priorities. This was a combination of the school-level survey (3575) and the Possip poll (4714) that were conducted during the Priority Engagement window. Thank you to all our stakeholders who took the time to have their voices heard in this important decision-making process for our schools.
School-Level Community Budget Forums
All schools will host at least one Community Budget Forum between now and March 1, 2024. The purpose of this forum is to provide the principal with an opportunity to share information about the proposed budget with their school community, answer general questions, and have an open and respectful sharing of views about how stakeholder input on priorities was incorporated into the development of the budget to best further the vision of the school. Check with your school leader for your school's session, or check this spreadsheet. Schools are not limited to the dates listed on the linked spreadsheet. They have the autonomy to host additional sessions to accommodate their stakeholders.
The Board of School Commissioners voted to adopt the district's 2023-24 operating budget during the May 9, 2023, public board meeting.
The budget was developed with active community participation. You can find an overview of the budget (including highlighted investments) and the total budget below.
Individual school budgets will be posted on each school's profile page.
Kirwan: Blueprint for Maryland's Future
At its heart, the Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland's Future (not to be confused with our own Blueprint for Success), is a comprehensive overhaul of education funding in the state designed to close equity gaps and improve the overall quality of education for all children. The goal is to begin to correct historical underfunding of educational resources, with particular attention to the needs of students from low-income families, English learners, and students with disabilities, and with funding for students who live in areas of concentrated poverty.
Kirwan is not a blank check. There are requirements, restrictions, and guidelines that must be followed. Later this month, we will release a draft of our first comprehensive local implementation plan, laid out as responses to a series of questions posed by the state, for public review and comment.
ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund)
Recently, the Maryland State Department of Education added a new piece of information to their MD School Report website. You can now see how much each school and school district in the state spends per student. MSDE refers to this as per-pupil expenditures. This data can help you, and other stakeholders, better understand education funding.