“Better buildings! Better Baltimore! Better Maryland!”
Chanting loudly and waving signs, students from around the district joined thousands of members of the Baltimore City Public Schools community at a rally in Annapolis to show support for the district’s 10-year buildings plan. The rally was sponsored by the Baltimore Education Coalition, a partnership of more than 25 schools, community organizations and religious institutions dedicated to supporting and promoting excellent public education for Baltimore’s kids.
“There are so many things—the bathrooms, the water fountains, the broken doors,” said Cinnea Beal, a 6th grader at KIPP Ujima Village Academy, when asked what needed fixing in her school’s building.
“Something as simple as temperature control and air conditioning will help their attention spans and alertness, and would make them feel better about learning,” said Dara Calhoun, a psychologist at Edmondson-Westside High School.
“We will not take no for an answer,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake, a City Schools parent.
The crowd was energized by chants and dances from student groups, and inspired by comments from prominent supporters of the 10-year plan.
“We’re here today because Baltimore City needs great schools, and they need great schools now,” said Del. Curt Anderson, Chair, Baltimore City delegation. Other speakers included City Schools’ CEO Andrés Alonso; Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English; Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; House Speaker Michael Busch; chairs of the city delegation, Sen. Vern Jones and Del. Curt Anderson; business leaders, parents, teachers and students.
“We believe our students deserve school buildings that reflect the love and care that we have for our students,” said Yasmene Mumby, co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition. To learn more about the district’s plan to bring 21st-century buildings to all students, please visit baltimorecityschools.org/ betterbuildings.