Blueprint for Maryland's Future: Focus the Formula
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Our legislators have the opportunity to fix generations of disinvestment by the State of Maryland in the education of Black and Brown children in Baltimore City and other jurisdictions with low wealth.
Maryland must help Black and Brown students reach their dreams by lifting the burden of inequitable education funding.
Send a message to Maryland legislators that the time is now to take a race-brave approach and focus the education funding formula to ensure that race and wealth equity are at the heart of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (HB1300/SB1000).
In 2008, this structural problem got worse when the State eliminated the inflation adjustment in its Thornton funding formula, which resulted in even worse inequities in funding for school districts with low wealth.
In 2017, a review by the State's Department of Legislative Services revealed that Baltimore City Public Schools were underfunded by an estimated $342 million per year. The huge shortfall contributed to a reversal in the progress previously made in closing the funding "adequacy" gap in the early years of the Thornton funding formula.
There is a lot to be excited about in the Blueprint bill – more funding for prekindergarten, special education, and other programs, teacher pay and quality, and college and career pathways – but it does not address this serious funding deficit. Instead, the bill ignores a decade of under-resourcing students in districts with low wealth, even as the bar is raised further from their reach.
Tell Maryland legislators to focus the formula to meet all students where they are, and ensure the funding structure gives Black and Brown children the targeted resources they need to succeed and thrive.
Please take action now.
House Ways & Means Committee
House Approrpiations Committee