Baltimore county students to rally against school cuts
Students at Towson High School have planned to stand against proposed teacher and class cuts in Baltimore County schools on Monday, by protesting for county lawmakers, including County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, to intervene.
The rally is scheduled to take place from 4:30p.m. - 5:30 p.m. outside of Kamenetz's office, at the Old Courthouse in Towson, which is located at 400 Washington St.
Baltimore County high schools are beginning to decide which classes — likely the electives and small Advanced Placement courses — they won't be able to afford next year, as they begin eliminating as much as 10 percent of their faculty.
The reduction to the teaching force is being felt hardest at the high schools, where class sizes will rise from an average of 26 this year to 29 next year, according to budget documents. Elementaries, which the system protected from cuts through second grade, stand to gain five teachers overall because enrollment is growing. Cuts to middle school teachers will be larger than the elementaries but smaller than the high schools.
According to a Facebook event, created by two Towson High school students, the mission of the rally is:
"If you are upset about losing your teachers and possibly some classes, you are not alone. All BCPS high schools are being impacted. Please come out to support your teachers, your school, and funding for your education this Monday! EVEN IF YOU CANNOT COME, INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS. Numbers matter."
On Thursday, at least 139 students had signed up.