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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 21401-1991
The Honorable Kevin Kamenetz Baltimore County Executive Old Courthouse 400 Washington Avenue Towson, Maryland 21204 Dear County Executive Kamenetz, We appreciate your commitment to education and to working with the House Delegation to address the issues that are important to us and our constituents. Baltimore County's public education system is one of our biggest assets. It is due, in large part, to the quality of the teachers that we have and the commitment to keeping class sizes reasonable. Without good teachers, our children will not receive the education they need and deserve, and our communities and economy will deteriorate. As you know, the Board of Education now proposes to eliminate nearly 200 teaching positions. In our opinion, this is an unacceptable way to ensure that we have quality education in our public schools. At the same time, there is no indication that the BCPS will be taking similar steps to reduce the number of managers, administrators and personnel outside of the classrooms and school buildings. This does not strike us as being the right balance or right set of priorities in budgeting for the coming year. Personnel in the buildings and classrooms should be the priority. This year's Maryland General Assembly has worked hard to add funding for public education that was not in the Governor's budget. We are pleased that additional funds have been proposed for Baltimore County. Therefore, we request that any and all additional funding in the budget be directed at retaining and hiring teachers first. This is the most beneficial way to meet the needs of our schools.
We look forward to working with you on this and other issues. And, as always, we are available to discuss this with you further.
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