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Maryland IAF Wins Commitments from State Delegates and Senators to Fully Fund Maryland Schools


Youth leaders share their experiences attending Baltimore City Schools.
 
Maryland is fighting to lead the country by giving public schools the resources they need. The Kirwan Commission, which brings together representatives from across Maryland to make recommendations for improving education in the state, is set to issue a once-in-a-generation plan for fully funding schools - a $3 Billion increase across the state if it passes and gets funded in the 2019 legislative session.
 
The Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation (MD-IAF) [People Acting Together in Howard (PATH), Action in Montgomery (AIM), and Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD)] targeted Maryland legislators with a week of action to gain commitments to pass and fully fund the Kirwan Commission recommendations.
 
MD IAF Week of Action kicked off with 65 BUILD leaders at "Truth 101" with Baltimore City Public Schools Chief of Staff Alison Perkins-Cohen. Leaders and Ms. Perkins-Cohen set the record straight on the truth behind Baltimore City's funding, and made sure every person in the room could go back to their schools, neighborhoods, and houses of faith to become truth-tellers about Baltimore City School Funding.
 
The rest of the week in Baltimore, Howard County, and Montgomery County, actions at local schools and churches turned out 400 leaders at six actions. At all Baltimore City actions, youth leaders made the direct asks of their elected officials and shared their experiences in Baltimore City Schools, emphasizing the need for mental health professionals and counselors in schools, particularly when students are in crisis and there is no one for them to talk to. Twelve State Delegates and Senators and three candidates committed to work with MD IAF to fully fund the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission.
 

BUILD leaders sharing the truth behind Baltimore City’s school funding with BCPS Chief of Staff Alison Perkins-Cohen.
Content Date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 23:12