Hundreds of parents, teachers, and activists gathered at Waverly Elementary School last night to organize opposition to Gov. Larry Hogan's announced plan to cut $35.5 million in funding for Baltimore City Public Schools. (Disclosure: My wife is a teacher in the city school system.)
After hearing from Thornton and representatives from several of the groups in the coalition, the crowd broke into groups by legislative district to discuss ways to organize opposition to the cuts. Names, phone numbers, and Twitter handles of legislators were distributed, along with preprinted postcards adressed to Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, and House of Delegates Speaker Mike Busch demanding they "restore education funding!"
"It's absolutely devastating," Mary Ann Mears, a parent sitting in the 41st District meeting, said of the cuts. "It just should not be allowed to happen."
Organizers planned future events, including a calling campaign to raise awareness about the cuts, and weekly trips to Annapolis to pressure lawmakers to restore the funding before the final budget is voted on in early April.