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040209 ACTION NEEDED City Schools Funding Decreased in Senate Budget Bill

040209 ACTION NEEDED City Schools Funding Decreased in Senate Budget Bill

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06/16/2009

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April
 
2,
 
2009
 
Dear
 
Colleagues,
 
Friends,
 
Families
 
and
 
Supporters
 
of 
 
City
 
Schools:
 
I
 
am
 
writing
 
to
 
alert
 
you
 
to
 
a
 
grave
 
danger
 
to
 
the
 
future
 
of 
 
our
 
children.
 
Last
 
Friday,
 
the
 
Senate
 
Budget
 
and
 
Taxation
 
Committee
 
proposed
 
changes
 
to
 
the
 
Budget
 
Bill,
 
discussed
 
and
 
adopted
 
yesterday
 
in
 
the
 
full
 
Senate,
 
that
 
threaten
 
funding
 
for
 
education
 
for
 
this
 
coming
 
fiscal
 
year
 
and
 
for
 
years
 
to
 
come.
 
Most
 
notably,
 
the
 
proposal
 
cut
 
key
 
education
 
funding
 
formulas
 
that
 
were
 
contained
 
in
 
the
 
Governor’s
 
proposed
 
budget
 
and
 
in
 
the
 
House
 
version
 
of 
 
the
 
Budget
 
Bill.
 
Yesterday,
 
the
 
Senate
 
voted
 
to
 
approve
 
these
 
changes.
 
Specifically,
 
the
 
Senate
 
Budget
 
Bill
 
contains
 
the
 
following
 
provisions:
 
a.
 
Reduction
 
of 
 
the
 
proportion
 
of 
 
payment
 
for
 
the
 
cost
 
of 
 
non
public
 
placements
 
from
 
80/20
 
to
 
70/30
 
(this
 
is
 
also
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
House
 
Budget
 
Bill).
 
b.
 
Taking
 
40%
 
of 
 
the
 
funds
 
allocated
 
for
 
GCEI
 
(the
 
geographic
 
index)
 
and
 
putting
 
it
 
into
 
the
 
Public
 
School
 
Construction
 
Program
 
(without
 
guarantees
 
to
 
the
 
districts
 
losing
 
dollars)
‐‐
reducing
 
GCEI
 
funding
 
to
 
a
 
60
 
percent
 
level
 
in
 
FY
 
2010.
 
GCEI
 
is
 
part
 
of 
 
Thornton,
 
and
 
both
 
the
 
Governor’s
 
budget
 
and
 
the
 
House
 
version
 
of 
 
the
 
Budget
 
Bill
 
proposed
 
to
 
fund
 
it
 
at
 
100%.
 
This
 
represents
 
a
 
cut
 
of 
 
almost
 
$9M
 
in
 
our
 
budget.
 
c.
 
The
 
inflation
 
factor
 
is
 
not
 
reinstated
 
in
 
FY11
 
and
 
FY12
 
as
 
previously
 
adopted
 
by
 
the
 
November
 
2007
 
Special
 
Session.
 
d.
 
Changing
 
the
 
application
 
of 
 
the
 
supplemental
 
grant
 
from
 
1%
 
to
 
.5%
 
in
 
FY
 
2011,
 
then
 
down
 
to
 
a
 
flat
 
hold
 
harmless
 
in
 
FY
 
2012.
 
e.
 
Eliminating
 
the
 
mandated
 
inflation
 
factor
 
increase
 
in
 
the
 
student
 
transportation
 
grant
 
in
 
FY
 
2011
 
and
 
FY
 
2012.
 
The
 
impact
 
of 
 
these
 
proposed
 
cuts
 
on
 
Baltimore
 
City
 
dwarfs
 
the
 
loss
 
of 
 
opportunity
 
any
 
funding
 
that
 
we
 
will
 
receive
 
as
 
a
 
result
 
of 
 
the
 
stimulus
 
dollars
 
coming
 
to
 
City
 
Schools
 
from
 
the
 
federal
 
government
 
as
 
formula
 
driven
 
grants
 
such
 
as
 
Title
 
I
 
(for
 
free
 
and
 
reduced
 
lunch
 
eligible
 
students)
 
and
 
IDEA
 
(for
 
students
 
with
 
disabilities).
 
We
 
estimate
 
the
 
impact
 
to
 
be
 
$12M
 
in
 
FY
 
2010,
 
$36.5M
 
in
 
FY
 
2011
 
and
 
$70.8M
 
in
 
FY
 
2012
 
(when
 
there
 
is
 
no
 
guarantee
 
of 
 
federal
 
stimulus
 
funding).
 
These
 
estimated
 
figures
 
represent
 
a
 
reduction
 
in
 
funding
 
compared
 
with
 
what
 
we
 
would
 
have
 
expected
 
under
 
the
 
November
 
2007
 
Special
 
Session
 
funding
 
levels.
 
These
 
figures
 
do
 
not
 
include
 
reductions
 
in
 
construction
 
funding
 
for
 
aging
 
schools
 
or
 
school
 
improvement
 
funding
 
that
 
City
 
Schools
 
received
 
in
 
the
 
past
 
(which
 
aggregate
 
to
 
the
 
loss
 
of 
 
another
 
$6M).
 
I
 
want
 
to
 
thank
 
Senators
 
Joan
 
Carter
 
Conway
 
and
 
Lisa
 
Gladden
 
for
 
advocating
 
forcefully
 
that
 
these
 
changes
 
should
 
not
 
happen.
 
I
 
have
 
great
 
faith
 
in
 
our
 
City
 
Delegation
 
and
 
trust
 
that
 
the
 
Senate
 
and
 
House
 
members
 
on
 
the
 
Conference
 
Committee
 
will
 
agree
 
to
 
the
 
House
 
version
 
of 
 
the
 
Budget
 
Bill.
 
While
 
the
 
House
 
version
 
reduces
 
our
 
City
 
Schools
 
budget
 
by
 
$3M
 
in
 
FY
 
2010
 
(in
 
comparison
 
with
 
the
 
Governor’s
 
proposed
 
budget),
 
it
 
represents
 

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