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File #: 18-0082R    Version: 0 Name: Investigative Hearing - Baltimore City Public Schools Enrollment Task Force
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/30/2018 In control: Budget and Appropriations Committee
On agenda: Final action: 5/14/2018
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Title: Investigative Hearing - Baltimore City Public Schools Enrollment Task Force For the purpose of calling on representatives from Baltimore City Public Schools to appear before the City Council to discuss the goals and membership of their enrollment task force and how the task force fits into a broader effort to engage the community to reverse declining enrollment in our school system.
Sponsors: President Young, Eric T. Costello, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Brandon M. Scott, Kristerfer Burnett, Ryan Dorsey, John T. Bullock, Sharon Green Middleton, Robert Stokes, Sr., Shannon Sneed, Edward Reisinger, Zeke Cohen, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Bill Henry, Mary Pat Clarke
Indexes: Baltimore City Public School System, Investigative Hearing, Task Force
Attachments: 1. 18-0082R~1st Reader, 2. Enrollment Task Force - City Council Hearing 5.8.17, 3. 18-0082R~2nd Reader, 4. Completed File_18-0082R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: President Young



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Investigative Hearing - Baltimore City Public Schools Enrollment Task Force
For the purpose of calling on representatives from Baltimore City Public Schools to appear before the City Council to discuss the goals and membership of their enrollment task force and how the task force fits into a broader effort to engage the community to reverse declining enrollment in our school system.
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According to recent press reports, a 22 member Baltimore City Public Schools task force has been meeting since last year to study the declining enrollment in the City’s schools and ways to reverse this trend. Reportedly, the group’s meetings have not been open to the public and the most direct stakeholders in our schools - parents and students - have only 1 representative each, less than 10% of the group’s membership.

Declining enrollment is a serious concern for the school system, and it is appropriate and heartening to hear that BCPS recognizes the need for a group focused on this important issue. However, it is questionable whether a group can really understand and address a problem caused by the collective decisions of thousands of parents and students without meaningful participation and input from parents and students. Also, the Latinx population is the fastest growing segment that comprises overall student enrollment and is not properly re...

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