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North Baltimore Education Advocates Rally for School Funds

Parents, teachers and advocates throughout the area headed to Annapolis to lobby for school construction funds.

Several groups helped organized a rally on Lawyers' Mall outside of the Maryland State House Monday night to lobby support for legislation creating block grants to build and repair Baltimore schools.

Groups, such as the ACLU of Maryland, Baltimore Education Coalition and Greater Homewood Community Corporation, organized buses to the rally from throughout the city, many of them from North Baltimore including The Barclay School, Waverly Elementary/Middle School, Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School and at the Poly/Western campus.

Organizers said they expected as many as 3,000 parents, teachers and advocates to gather on the mall to show support for the ambitious plan backed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Essentially, the city wants the state to guarantee a set amount of funds during the next decade so Baltimore can use those funds to issue bonds to begin the more than $2 billion needed to replace and repair outdated school buildings.

Rodney C Burris February 28, 2013 at 06:51 PM
This was magical. Chilly night, packed with Parents, Children, Teachers,& Advocates from all over Baltimore City. My 8yrol sat on my shoulders, holding up a sign stating "Save Our Schools!" -- Highlight: seeing another dad doing the same exact same thing with his 2nd grader Lol. Great bonding time; great exposure for her to community advocacy. Any one have any other photos from the night?

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