Fighting for Thornton
Education advocates in the city are rallying the troops to go to Annapolis on Monday, the first day of the special legislative session, to fight potential cuts to Thornton funding. The cuts would help offset the state deficit.
If Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal stands and schools do not receive a funding increase to account for inflation, Baltimore would take a hit of $29 million and the state would lose $207 million next school year, according to information on fliers being distributed by the ACLU of Maryland.
The fliers tell us what $29 million means to the city schools: the equivalent of $350.83 per student or 10 months of school transportation costs or 500 teachers' salaries.
The advocates are arranging to have buses drive as many people as they can gather down to Annapolis on Monday night, leaving from school system headquarters. Should be an interesting fight, pitting O'Malley again people who were among his core supporters when he ran for governor.