Students protest Baltimore School for the Arts teacher cuts
Students of the Baltimore School for the Arts protested Friday morning against the elimination of staff members next year. It seems that even one of the most prestigious schools in the city, and most renowned in the country, isn't immune from funding shortfalls that are being felt throughout the district. The group of students marched to City Hall for the "fair treatment of teachers," displaying signs of support for their educators.
The BSA released a statement Friday addressing the cuts and the student protest:
"The Baltimore School for the Arts received a reduced budget allocation this year, and, unfortunately, the school had no choice but to eliminate three full-time positions: two teachers (one academic and one arts) and one administrative assistant.
Eliminating positions held by three valued people who contributed so much to their students was a difficult decision, one that saddens all of us. There was no other choice. At the same time, we are preserving the three courses that were affected by these cuts through funding from the BSA Foundation that will be used to support part-time faculty to teach those classes. The curriculum at the School remains the same.
One of the most beautiful things about BSA is that our students love and respect their teachers‹so this has hit them very hard, and we understand why they and their parents are very upset about the loss of the three positions. We know that we are not the only city school facing these cuts, and that these cuts are extremely difficult for all teachers and students in the schools that have been affected. We will maintain the traditional excellence of BSA."