The youth and young adults of the Baltimore Algebra Project took part in the national day of action that spurred more than 90 events across the country aimed at "reclaiming the promise of public education."
The student organizers with the Algebra Project said not only is closing schools a bad policy, but communities were stuck between a rock and a hard place when the plan was presented.
The group noted that in order to secure $1.1 billion in construction funds with help from the state, the city had to acknowledge that it dozens of its buildings were operating under capacity.
"It had a lot to do with the stipulation on the re-construction money," said Jamal Jones. "No one wants to say close the schools but you can't have new schools at the same time."
Citing the closure process cities like Philadelphia and Chicago, which she called "disastrous," local professor Jessica Shiller said that Baltimore's plan to close schools was based on little evidence that the closures would improve education for city students.
She said like in Chicago and Philadelphia, "It's Baltimore's turn to respond to school closures."
And, the youth said that instead of school officials telling communities what their schools will look like in the next decade, it should be the other way around.
"Now, it's set up where you give suggestions that don't necessarily have to be taken," she said. "Community Control is us inviting you to our table."