AFT-Maryland President Marietta English's statement on Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed cuts to Baltimore City School System.
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2015
Contact: Ray Baker
"I am deeply troubled and concerned that Gov. Hogan's proposed budget has such impactful cuts to Baltimore City Public Schools. We at AFT-Maryland and BTU do not believe this is the best way to build on the academic gains made by Baltimore city students. City schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton's suggestion that these cuts could lead to 400 lost jobs is equally concerning. These teachers and para-professionals are important to the education of our city's children.
I look forward to working with Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch to ensure that vital funds needed to stave off furloughs and layoffs remain. When Governor Hogan campaigned, he promised to shrink Maryland's budget by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse. I sincerely hope the Governor doesn't see these necessary personnel as wasteful or fraudulent."