Students plan walkout over Baltimore City schools budget

Posted at 9:30 AM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 06:56:03-04

Students at the Baltimore School for the Arts plan to walk out of class at 1 p.m. Monday in protest of recent budget cuts.

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The students will march to the Baltimore City Public Schools District office on 200 E. North Ave. to speak with city schools CEO Sonja Santelises and Ombudsman Karen Lawrence.

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They want to be involved in the conversation over budget cuts, which they say have impacted their librarian and math teachers.

City schools CEO Santelises issued the following statement regarding the walkout:

"Baltimore School for the Arts students' passion for their school is clear, and I continue to be energized by our students' powerful voices as advocates for the education they deserve. As a result of their advocacy and that of the entire City Schools community, the district has received $60 million in additional resources for the coming school year. This means that most of the cuts that our schools faced have been reversed and, while some layoffs will still occur, there will be far fewer than originally anticipated. While BSA students rightfully are concerned about the loss of staff positions, it's important to note that these are decisions made at the school level."