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Balancing Baltimore's school budget on the backs of educators

Balancing Baltimore's school budget on the backs of educators

Earlier this month, I met with a Baltimore City principal just hours after she'd spoken to her staff about the looming district budget cuts — a $129 million deficit likely translates to 1,000 school-based layoffs and could balloon already large class sizes by an average of 10 students.

That principal is one of the best and longest serving in the city — and her students' test scores show it — but each year she's had to be even more creative, do more with less. She already reduced the librarian role to a half-time position and cut the art teacher and a custodian. Next year, she'll likely lose music and P.E. and even then, a few more teachers.

Speaking with a teacher at another...

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