BALTIMORE — On Thursday, Mayor Jack Young announced that the city will provide Baltimore City Public Schools with an additional $25 million in funding for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
The pledge extends for one more year supplemental “Bridge to Kirwan” funding the city has provided over the last three years to help cover district costs until anticipated new city and state funding for City Schools kicks in as a result of Kirwan Commission recommendations.
“I want to be clear: Baltimore City will support its schools. I have a long history of fighting for increased funding for our young people and our classrooms, and I won’t stop now,” said Mayor Young. "In fact, now more than ever, we need strong leadership on school funding, with changes stemming from the Kirwan Commission recommendations right around the corner. Consider this $25 million for next year a down payment on Kirwan. As a result of those recommendations, we as a city will have to send hundreds of millions more in local funding to our schools over the next 10 years. We won’t shrink from that obligation.”
The mayor made the announcement at a public forum on the Kirwan Commission recommendations at Memorial Baptist Church and hosted by B.U.I.L.D. (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development).