Like most issues facing Baltimore government, this is a budget problem. Early in the initiative, when the budget was more flush, the city invested more than $2 million in community schools. Less than half that amount was invested in the 2010-’11 school year. The schools provide services such as academic mentoring, vision and dental screening, food aid, and art and music instruction during nonschool hours. (“Class Struggle,” Feature, Nov. 3, 2010). The value of these extracurriculars exceed their costs, Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke (D-14th District) says, by more than eight to one. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Council chambers.