Faced with a shrinking student population and declining state funding, Baltimore teachers are launching a citywide enrollment drive.
The teachers union has enlisted its members in a five-week campaign to knock on hundreds of doors and try to convince parents to send their children to public schools in the city.
Shrinking enrollment is a costly problem in a district in which education funding is based largely on student population. Principals will receive about $5,400 per student to run their schools next year.
The recruiting effort, coupled with a blitz of radio commercials, is aimed at stanching three years of enrollment declines. The system lost more than 1,300...