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File #: 19-0153R    Version: 0 Name: In Support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and ACLU of Maryland Lawsuit Against the Maryland State Board of Education
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/29/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 4/29/2019
Enactment #:
Title: In Support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and ACLU of Maryland Lawsuit Against the Maryland State Board of Education For the purpose of supporting the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the ACLU of Maryland re-opening of the lawsuit regarding inadequate state funding for Baltimore City schools.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, Ryan Dorsey, Zeke Cohen, Edward Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Shannon Sneed, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Kristerfer Burnett, John T. Bullock, Brandon M. Scott
Indexes: ACLU, Board of Education, Educational Facilities, Funding, Maryland, NAACP
Attachments: 1. 19-0153R~1st Reader, 2. Completed Bill File 19-0153R

* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

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Introduced by: Councilmember Henry

                                                                                                                                                           

 

                     A Resolution Entitled

 

A Council Resolution concerning

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In Support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and ACLU of Maryland Lawsuit Against the Maryland State Board of Education

For the purpose of supporting the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the ACLU of Maryland re-opening of the lawsuit regarding inadequate state funding for Baltimore City schools.

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                     Recitals

 

On March 7, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the ACLU of Maryland, along with some parents of Baltimore City schoolchildren, filed to re-open Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education, a case that resulted in a consent decree regarding school funding.  Under the consent decree, Baltimore City schools received over $2 billion in increased state funding for schools under a funding formula created in 2002.  The NAACP and the ACLU argue that, since the 2008 recession, the State stopped adjusting the funding formula for inflation, which has led to Baltimore City schools being underfunded by millions of dollars.  The lack of funding has led to failure to provide a quality education for schoolchildren, as well as failure to provide appropriate physical environments for learning.  The Baltimore City Council supports the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the ACLU of Maryland, in their re-opening of the suit against the Maryland State Board of Education, and hopes that the State will soon provide appropriate funding for the education of Baltimore City schoolchildren and all of Maryland’s schoolchildren.

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the City Council of Baltimore, That the Baltimore City Council supports the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the ACLU of Maryland re-opening of the lawsuit regarding inadequate state funding for Baltimore City schools.

 

And be it further resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Baltimore City Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and State Senate, the President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Maryland, and the Mayor’s Legislative Liaison to the City Council.